Requests for cancer prevention information: The cancer information service (2002-2006)

Helen W. Sullivan, Lila J. Finney Rutten, Erika A. Waters

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Abstract

Prevention is crucial to reducing cancer burden. Awareness of prevention information is critical to engaging the public in prevention activities. We examined 106,610 information requests from the general public to the Cancer Information Service from 2002 to 2006. The percent of requests related to primary prevention decreased in 2003, but otherwise remained stable around 19%. The percent of requests related to secondary prevention decreased over time, from 38% (2003) to 14% (2006). Demographic characteristics were associated with patterns of change across time. Results suggest that efforts are needed to increase public awareness of cancer prevention, particularly among certain populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)16-22
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Cancer Education
Volume25
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2010

Keywords

  • Cancer Information Service
  • Cancer prevention
  • Public awareness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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