I Will No Longer Be a Man! Manliness and Prostate Cancer Screenings Among Latino Men

Zully A. Rivera-Ramos, Lydia P. Buki

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Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed type of cancer among Latino men. Due, in part, to lower rates of screening and limited knowledge about prostate cancer, Latinos are almost four times as likely to be diagnosed at an advanced stage than non-Latino Whites. In this qualitative study, we sought to examine cultural and gender beliefs and how these influence Latino men's attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors related to prostate cancer screening. Ten self-identified Latino men 45 years of age and older with no history of prostate cancer completed an in-depth individual interview and a survey. Three themes emerged from a grounded theory analysis of the interview data: (a) "Machismo is not wanting to get the exam," (b) "They're going to insert a finger!" and (c) promoting screenings: "You don't have to stop being macho." Participants' sense of manliness and perceptions of sexuality influenced how they processed and understood prostate cancer screening and how they made the consequent decision to get screened. Findings from this study can inform the development of health interventions that aim to promote informed prostate cancer screening decisions and reduce health disparities among this population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13-25
Number of pages13
JournalPsychology of Men and Masculinity
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Cultural beliefs
  • Latino
  • Manliness
  • Men
  • Prostate
  • Screenings

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Gender Studies
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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