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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

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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


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

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