Purpose/Objectives: To measure knowledge of hereditary prostate cancer in a group of high-risk African American men.
Design: Cross-sectional, correlational pilot study.
Setting: Four geographic sites: Detroit, MI; Houston, TX; Chicago, IL; and Columbia, SC.
Sample: 79 men enrolled in the African American Hereditary Prostate Cancer Study.
Methods: Telephone interviews.
Main Research Variables: Knowledge of hereditary prostate cancer.
Findings: Knowledge of hereditary prostate cancer was low.
Conclusions: The high percentage of incorrect responses on questions that measure genetic testing, prevention, and risk based on a positive family history highlights educational needs.
Implications for Nursing: A critical need exists for nurses to educate high-risk African American men about hereditary prostate cancer.