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Revista de la Facultad de Medicina

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FAJARDO-ZAPATA, Álvaro  and  JAIMES-MONROY, Gustavo. Knowledge, Perception and Disposition on the Prostate Examination in Men Older than 40 Years Old. [online]. 2016, vol.64, n.2, pp.223-228. ISSN 0120-0011.

Background. The examination of the prostate is one of the early detection ways available to prevent prostatic cancer, a pathology that ranks as the first cause of morbidity and the second of mortality in men in Colombia. Ojective. To identify the knowledge, perception and disposition on prostate examination of men older than 40 years old residing in Bogotá. Materials and Methods. A descriptive cross-sectional study was carried out through a survey applied to the participants of this research. Results. Relationships between academic level and knowledge that men have on prostate examination (X2=80.00; p=0.0000), educational level and taking the examination (X2=25.63; p=0.000), and between the academic level and the disposition to do the examination (X2=37.49; p=0.0002) were found. Conclusions. There are determining factors causing that men older than 40 years old residing in Bogotá don't take the examination of their prostates. Such factors are related to educational level, individual beliefs and the lack of prostate examination promotion by health institutions.

Keywords : Prostate; Prostatic Neoplasms; Digital Rectal Examination; Antigen; Attitude to Health.

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