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2004 BRFSS Survey Results: North Carolina Counties and Regions

Prostate Cancer Screening

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  Total
Respond.^
Yes No
N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%)
North Carolina 3,708 2,748 74.2 72.4-75.9 960 25.8 24.1-27.6
COUNTY/REGIONS***
Alamance 86 61 68.5 56.3-78.6 25 31.5 21.4-43.7
Buncombe 106 85 79.9 70.4-87.0 21 20.1 13.0-29.6
Cabarrus 105 72 67.3 56.6-76.5 33 32.7 23.5-43.4
Catawba 102 73 70.7 60.3-79.4 29 29.3 20.6-39.7
Cumberland 87 74 84.7 74.0-91.5 13 15.3 8.5-26.0
Davidson 106 80 77.1 67.1-84.8 26 22.9 15.2-32.9
Durham 84 69 81.8 70.5-89.4 15 18.2 10.6-29.5
Forsyth 115 93 81.6 72.8-88.0 22 18.4 12.0-27.2
Gaston 94 60 63.7 52.4-73.7 34 36.3 26.3-47.6
Guilford 125 90 69.4 59.7-77.6 35 30.6 22.4-40.3
Iredell 120 88 70.0 60.1-78.3 32 30.0 21.7-39.9
Johnston 112 74 68.5 57.9-77.4 38 31.5 22.6-42.1
Mecklenburg 154 117 76.2 67.9-83.0 37 23.8 17.0-32.1
New Hanover 97 74 74.9 63.8-83.4 23 25.1 16.6-36.2
Onslow 92 64 68.9 58.0-78.0 28 31.1 22.0-42.0
Orange 91 72 79.5 69.5-86.9 19 20.5 13.1-30.5
Pitt 85 58 68.2 56.6-78.0 27 31.8 22.0-43.4
Randolph 99 78 79.4 69.0-87.0 21 20.6 13.0-31.0
Robeson 83 53 61.8 49.8-72.6 30 38.2 27.4-50.2
Rowan 94 74 75.6 64.2-84.3 20 24.4 15.7-35.8
Union 99 71 71.4 60.3-80.4 28 28.6 19.6-39.7
Wake 119 91 75.8 66.2-83.4 28 24.2 16.6-33.8
Carteret/Currituck/Craven/Dare/Hyde/Pamlico 100 74 74.3 63.8-82.6 26 25.7 17.4-36.2
Northeast Partnership II 117 90 75.1 65.5-82.7 27 24.9 17.3-34.5
Northeast Partnership I 111 79 64.8 49.8-77.3 32 35.2 22.7-50.2
Franklin/Nash/Wilson 96 74 74.6 62.9-83.6 22 25.4 16.4-37.1
Duplin/Greene/Harn./Jones/Lenoir/Samp./Wayne 102 66 68.0 57.5-76.9 36 32.0 23.1-42.5
Bladen/Brunswick/Columbus/Pender 118 93 80.5 72.0-86.9 25 19.5 13.1-28.0
Caswell/Granville/Person/Vance 85 58 67.2 55.6-77.0 27 32.8 23.0-44.4
Chatham/Lee/Moore 133 107 82.1 74.3-87.9 26 17.9 12.1-25.7
Anson/Hoke/Montgo./Richmond/Scotland/Stanly 144 106 71.0 61.6-78.8 38 29.0 21.2-38.4
Davie/Rockingham/Stokes/Surry/Yadkin 81 61 73.8 62.0-82.9 20 26.2 17.1-38.0
Alleghany/Ashe/Avery/Watagua/Wilkes 99 69 70.5 58.0-80.6 30 29.5 19.4-42.0
Alexander/Burke/Caldwell/Cleve./Lincoln 113 85 72.1 61.3-80.9 28 27.9 19.1-38.7
Mountain AHEC (Excludes Buncombe) 154 115 78.0 69.7-84.6 39 22.0 15.4-30.3
NORTHEASTERN PARTNERSHIP**
Yes 262 195 70.4 62.2-77.4 67 29.6 22.6-37.8
No 3,446 2,553 74.4 72.6-76.2 893 25.6 23.8-27.4
NC REGIONS***
Eastern NC 1,215 885 72.8 69.5-75.8 330 27.2 24.2-30.5
Piedmont 2,056 1,533 74.5 72.1-76.7 523 25.5 23.3-27.9
Western NC 437 330 75.8 70.7-80.3 107 24.2 19.7-29.3
AREA HEALTH EDUCATION CENTERS(AHEC)****
Mountain AHEC 251 194 79.5 73.2-84.7 57 20.5 15.3-26.8
Northwest 755 572 74.5 70.4-78.2 183 25.5 21.8-29.6
Charlotte 552 390 73.0 68.5-77.2 162 27.0 22.8-31.5
Greensboro 488 364 72.5 67.2-77.2 124 27.5 22.8-32.8
Southern Regional 365 270 74.7 69.3-79.5 95 25.3 20.5-30.7
Coastal 203 157 77.4 70.2-83.2 46 22.6 16.8-29.8
Wake 448 335 75.1 69.7-79.9 113 24.9 20.1-30.3
Area L 151 115 75.3 66.2-82.6 36 24.7 17.4-33.8
Eastern 467 337 71.1 65.5-76.2 130 28.9 23.8-34.5

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* This question was asked only of male respondents who reported being age 40 and older.

^Use caution in interpreting percentages with a numerator of less than 20. N = numerator, % = Percentage, C.I.(95%) = Confidence Interval (at 95 percent probability level).
Percentages are weighted to population characteristics and therefore cannot be calculated exactly from the numbers in this table.

** Northeast NC I: Bertie, Gates, Halifax, Hertford, Northampton, and Warren counties.
Northeast NC II: Beaufort, Camden, Chowan, Edgecombe, Martin, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell, and Washington counties.
Northeastern Partnership: Northeast NC I and II regions combined.

*** Eastern North Carolina: Beaufort, Bertie, Bladen, Brunswick, Camden, Carteret, Chowan, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Currituck, Dare, Duplin, Edgecombe, Gates, Greene, Halifax, Harnett, Hertford, Hoke, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Nash, New Hanover, Northampton, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Pender, Perquimans, Pitt, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland, Tyrrell, Washington, Wayne, and Wilson counties.
Piedmont North Carolina: Alamance, Alexander, Anson, Cabarrus, Caswell, Catawba, Chatham, Cleveland, Davidson, Davie, Durham, Forsyth, Franklin, Gaston, Granville, Guilford, Iredell, Lee, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Moore, Orange, Person, Randolph, Richmond, Rockingham, Rowan, Stanly, Stokes, Union, Vance, Wake, Warren, and Yadkin counties.
Western North Carolina: Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, McDowell, Macon, Madison, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Surry, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga, Wilkes, and Yancey counties.
Mountain Area Health Education Center (AHEC): Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, McDowell, Macon, Madison, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, and Yancey counties.

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