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Science and Health Communication Research Group Student Members Receive Recognition for Research

Two doctoral students in the Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior, Tracey Thomas and Shaun Owens, won third place for a research poster they presented at the 2011 International Cancer Education Conference of the American Association for Cancer Education (AACE), Cancer Patient Education Network (CPEN) and the European Association for Cancer Education (EACE).

Their research project, entitled "African-American Men's and Women's Knowledge, Perceptions, and Barriers to Communicating About Prostate Cancer," explored communication among African-American men and women regarding prostate cancer, one of the commonly diagnosed non-skin cancers among men. In South Carolina, the prostate cancer mortality rate among African-American men is nearly 50 percent higher than the national average. Furthermore, research suggests that African-American men consider cancer a "taboo" topic. The investigators found that while African-American men and women share the same views regarding prostate cancer risk factors and the primary barriers preventing men from discussing prostate cancer, they had different perspectives on which of these served as the greatest barrier. This study was conducted in collaboration with Spartanburg Regional Gibbs Cancer Center and funded by the National Cancer Institute Community Networks Program (CNP) Centers (PI: Dr. James R. Hebert, Pilot Project Leader: Dr. Daniela B. Friedman).

“Of all the years I’ve attended this conference, this is the first time I’ve seen a student-led poster receive this recognition," said Dr. Daniela B. Friedman, an assistant professor in the Arnold School of Public Health and a mentor on this project.

To view the complete list of award winners, click here.

These student members are also working on another research project entitled, "The Use of Technology and Photography for Health Communications among the African-American Faith-Based Community." Results of this study, which was funded by the Science and Health Communication Research Group, will be presented at the Group's October meeting.

 
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