This report summarizes a large study conducted to examine the role of prostate cancer support groups in health promotion.
Prostate cancer continues to be a complex disease for which a cause or cure has not yet been identified. Many men are diagnosed each year and the incidence is likely to increase as greater numbers of men reach “old” age.
The pressure on boys and men to engage in extensive body practices (e.g., closely monitored eating and exercise habits) and achieve ideal male bodies has grown significantly over the past 20 years.
Men’s high suicide rates have been linked to individual risk factors including history of being abused as a child, single marital status, and financial difficulties. While it has also been suggested that the normative influences of hegemonic masculinities are implicated in men’s suicide, the gendered experiences of male suicidality are poorly understood.
Across Australia, prostate cancer support groups (PCSG) have emerged to fill a gap in psychosocial care for men and their families. However, an understanding of the triggers and influencers of the PCSG movement is absent.