Barriers to medical help-seeking among older men with prostate cancer

L Medina-Perucha, O Yousaf, Myra Hunter, E A Grunfeld

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    OBJECTIVE: Men's disinclination to seek medical help has been linked to higher rates of morbidity and mortality compared to women. However, previous studies were conducted predominantly with healthy, young, and middle-aged men. We explored the perceived medical barriers to help-seeking in older men with prostate cancer.

    METHOD: 20 men with prostate cancer took part in semistructured interviews, which were analyzed using thematic analysis.

    RESULTS: Three themes were identified related to negative attitudes toward help-seeking: male gender role; fear of the health condition, medical and treatment procedures; and embarrassment as a consequence of medical examinations, communication with health (and nonhealth) professionals, and the disclosure of sexual-related symptoms.

    CONCLUSION: The barriers identified in our study strengthen the evidence for the impact of traditional masculinity on help-seeking in men.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)(in press)
    Number of pages22
    JournalJournal of Psychosocial Oncology
    Volume(in press)
    Early online date3 Apr 2017
    Publication statusPublished - 25 Apr 2017

    Bibliographical note

    Publisher Statement - This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Psychosocial Oncology on 3rd April 2017, available online:


    • help-seeking
    • masculinity
    • men
    • prostate cancer
    • thematic analysis


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