Blacks With Prostate Cancer Have Better Well-Being

Results in recently diagnosed men were found after adjusting for perceived stress, religiosity
By Eric Metcalf
HealthDay Reporter

THURSDAY, Sept. 30 (HealthDay News) -- African-American men recently diagnosed with prostate cancer may have better emotional well-being than white men with prostate cancer, despite similar physical functioning, according to research published in the September issue of Urology.

Chanita H. Halbert, Ph.D., of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and colleagues analyzed data from 194 white and African-American men who had been diagnosed with prostate cancer in the previous two to five months. Subjects answered questions about their perceived stress, religiosity, and quality of life.

The researchers found that African-American men had significantly better emotional well-being after adjusting for perceived stress and religiosity. Higher subjective stress was associated with significantly poorer emotional functioning and physical well-being. Physical functioning didn't vary significantly by race.

"Overall, I believe the findings to be important as they assist us in moving beyond race when considering the overall emotional and physical state of newly diagnosed prostate cancer patients. Indeed, from a quality-of-life standpoint, variables that can be modified, such as decreasing stress and providing spiritual support where appropriate, should be focused upon more," writes the author of an accompanying editorial.

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