Choosing Channels, Sources, and Content for Communicating Prostate Cancer Information to Black Men: A Systematic Review of the Literature

Kim Walsh-Childers, Folakemi Odedina, Alexandria Poitier, Ernest Kaninjing, Greenberry Taylor

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The purpose of this study was to identify effective channels, sources, and content approaches for communicating prostate cancer prevention information to Black men. The Web of Science, PubMed and GoogleScholar databases, as well as reviews of reference lists for selected publications, were searched to select articles relevant to cancer communication channels, sources or content for Black men, focused on male-prevalent cancers and published in English. Articles were excluded if they examined only patient–provider communication, dealt exclusively with prostate cancer patients or did not separate findings by race. The selection procedures identified 41 relevant articles, which were systematically and independently reviewed by two team members to extract data on preferred channels, sources, and content for prostate cancer information. This review revealed that Black men prefer interpersonal communication for prostate cancer information; however, video can be effective. Trusted sources included personal physicians, clergy, and other community leaders, family (especially spouses) and prostate cancer survivors. Men want comprehensive information about screening, symptoms, treatment, and outcomes. Messages should be culturally tailored, encouraging empowerment and “ownership” of disease. Black men are open to prostate cancer prevention information through mediated channels when contextualized within spiritual/cultural beliefs and delivered by trusted sources.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1728-1745
Number of pages18
JournalAmerican Journal of Men's Health
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2018


  • Black men
  • cancer disparities
  • communication strategies
  • cultural tailoring
  • health communication
  • media channels
  • prevention
  • prostate cancer
  • sources

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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