Cancer-related information sought by the general public: Evidence from the national cancer institute's cancer information service, 2002-2003

Lila J. Finney Rutten, Linda Squiers, Bradford Hesse

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Abstract

Background. We examined the main topics of inquiry (Subjects of Interaction - SOI) of calls made by the general public to the National Cancer Institute's Cancer Information Service's (CIS) 1-800-4-CANCER telephone information service. Methods. We analyzed data from 37,620 callers to the CIS between September 2002 and August 2003. We conducted frequencies, chi-squares, and logistic regressions to ascertain sample characteristics and sociodemographic correlates of each SOI. Results. We found differences in discussion of the 7 main SOI by age, sex, ethnicity, race, and education. Conclusions. Findings inform the CIS' and other organizations' efforts to develop and disseminate cancer information.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)91-98
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Cancer Education
Volume22
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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