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The social representations of men about prostate cancer

As representações sociais de homens sobre o câncer de próstata
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Araujo, Jeferson Santos; Conceição, Vander Monteiro da; Silva, Silvio Eder Dias da; Santana, Mary Elizabeth de; Vasconcelos, Esleane Vilela; Sousa, Ralrizônia Fernandes

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Abstract Objective: The study aimed to identify the social representations of men about prostate cancer and their masculinity against the disease, and analyze its implications for health. Method: This is an exploratory qualitative approach of case study which takes as input a conceptual Theory of Representations, performed with 10 subjects diagnosed with prostate cancer. Results: Through content analysis yielded the following thematic units: (Re) knowing the prostate; this problem called prostate and prostate cancer as a symbol of man's masculinity. Conclusion: The study provided evidence that prostate cancer is a disease that is directly related to how they perceive their consequences in the social context, which are responsible for providing moments of pain, sorrow, and to exchange experiences, especially health risks
Keywords man; cancer; nursing; masculinity; perception; psychosocial factors; prophylaxis
Classification Medicine, Social Medicine
Free Keywords Prostatic neoplasms; Oncologic nursing; men's health
Document language Portugese
Publication Year 2013
Page/Pages p. 3884-3893
Journal Revista de Pesquisa: Cuidado é Fundamental Online, 5 (2013) 2
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.9789/2175-5361.2013v5n2p3884
ISSN 2175-5361
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Free Digital Peer Publishing Licence