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The relationship of health numeracy to cancer screening. J Cancer Educ 2011 Mar;26(1):103-10 PMID: 20577913 PMCID: PMC4162638

Pubmed ID

20577913

Abstract

Health numeracy is associated with increased understanding of cancer risk reduction information and improved control of chronic disease. A cross-sectional survey was conducted among a primary care population to evaluate the effect of health numeracy on breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer screening. No association was found between health numeracy and cancer screening. However, at a baseline screening rate of 85%, increased knowledge (RR 1.06, 95% CI 1.02-1.08) and decreased perceived barriers (RR 0.93, 95% CI 0.92-0.95) were associated with increased screening rates. In conclusion, health numeracy was not predictive of cancer screening among a primary care population.

Author List

Schapira MM, Neuner J, Fletcher KE, Gilligan MA, Hayes E, Laud P

Authors

Kathlyn E. Fletcher MD Professor in the Medicine department at Medical College of Wisconsin
Purushottam W. Laud PhD Professor in the Institute for Health and Equity department at Medical College of Wisconsin
Joan Neuner MD, MPH Associate Professor in the Medicine department at Medical College of Wisconsin




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MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Adult
Aged
Breast Neoplasms
Colorectal Neoplasms
Cross-Sectional Studies
Early Detection of Cancer
Educational Status
Female
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Humans
Middle Aged
Primary Health Care
Uterine Cervical Neoplasms
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