January 21, 2002
MIDNET - Coalition of Prominent
Michigan Hospitals Study by EPIC-MRA Shows 50,000 Michigan Men Could Have a
Ticking Time Bomb
50,000 Men in Michigan could have prostate
- Some 50,000 Michigan men could have prostate cancer and not
know it, according to a survey conducted by EPIC- MRA for MIDNET (Coalition
of Prominent Michigan Hospitals). It showed that 24%, or 306,829, Michigan
men over fifty have not been screened for prostate cancer.
* Prostate cancer is the second most common form of cancer in men over 50
and only lung cancer kills more men.
* One man in six will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime and
one in thirty will eventually die from it, according to the American Cancer
* This survey shows that 35% of men over 50 cite cancer as their top health
concern, but of those, only 7%, or about 93,000 men in Michigan, are most
worried about prostate cancer.
* In fact, of those men who are most concerned about prostate cancer, 25%
still do not get tested -- almost the same percentage as men who are not
concerned about prostate cancer at all.
* African-American men are more at risk for prostate cancer than white or
Asian men. The survey showed slightly higher rates of screening for both of
- 76% of African-American men over fifty have been tested for prostate
cancer, compared to 74% of white men over fifty.
- 66% of African-American men over fifty have been tested for colo/rectal
cancer, compared to 61% of white men over fifty.
* Equally troubling is the fact that these men are not getting checked for
colo/rectal or testicular cancer either.
- 38% of men over fifty have not been tested for colo/rectal cancer.
- 65% have not been screened for testicular cancer.
* Colo/rectal cancer is the third most common form of cancer in the U.S. In
spite of this, survey results indicate that colo/rectal cancer is not a
concern to Michigan men; they aren't worrying about it in significant
numbers and 486,000 (38%) haven't been tested for it.
* Overall, the rate of concern expressed by men didn't have much effect on
whether they received testing. Instead, those men who received a general
health exam were also much more likely to be screened for prostate and colo/rectal
* Results show that 20% of all men in Michigan have not had a general health
exam in the past two years.
* A greater percentage of men over fifty who did not have a health exam
listed cancer as one of their top health concerns.
- 47.4% of men who had no health exam listed cancer as a top health concern.
- 33.1% of men who did have a health exam listed cancer as a top health
* The Lansing area had the highest percentage of screenings for prostate
cancer (80%) and colo/rectal cancer (65%).
* The lowest rates of screening occurred in Southwest Michigan.
- 64% were screened for prostate cancer and 48% for colo/rectal cancer.
* Men in the Detroit area expressed the most concern about prostate cancer.
- The second highest rates of concern were found in the Southwest region and
the lowest rates of concern were found in the Northern part of Lower
* Risk factors for these types of cancer include age, race, diet, physical
activity and family history.
* The survey of 1,865 men was conducted in October and November of 2001 and
has a margin of error of +/- 2.0%.