The relationship of health numeracy to cancer screening

Marilyn M. Schapira, Joan Neuner, Kathlyn E. Fletcher, Mary Ann Gilligan, Elisabeth Gee, Purushottam Laud

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)103-110
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Cancer Education
Volume26
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2011

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Early Detection of Cancer
Health
Primary Health Care
Risk Reduction Behavior
Uterine Cervical Neoplasms
Population
Colorectal Neoplasms
Chronic Disease
Cross-Sectional Studies
Breast Neoplasms
Neoplasms

Keywords

  • Cancer screening
  • Health numeracy
  • Primary care population

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Oncology
  • Medicine(all)

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Schapira, M. M., Neuner, J., Fletcher, K. E., Gilligan, M. A., Gee, E., & Laud, P. (2011). The relationship of health numeracy to cancer screening. Journal of Cancer Education, 26(1), 103-110. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13187-010-0133-7

The relationship of health numeracy to cancer screening. / Schapira, Marilyn M.; Neuner, Joan; Fletcher, Kathlyn E.; Gilligan, Mary Ann; Gee, Elisabeth; Laud, Purushottam.

In: Journal of Cancer Education, Vol. 26, No. 1, 03.2011, p. 103-110.

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Schapira, MM, Neuner, J, Fletcher, KE, Gilligan, MA, Gee, E & Laud, P 2011, 'The relationship of health numeracy to cancer screening', Journal of Cancer Education, vol. 26, no. 1, pp. 103-110. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13187-010-0133-7
Schapira, Marilyn M. ; Neuner, Joan ; Fletcher, Kathlyn E. ; Gilligan, Mary Ann ; Gee, Elisabeth ; Laud, Purushottam. / The relationship of health numeracy to cancer screening. In: Journal of Cancer Education. 2011 ; Vol. 26, No. 1. pp. 103-110.
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