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Curr Opin Oncol. 1998 Sep;10(5):455-60.

Behavioral science applied to cancer screening.

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  • 1Behavioral Research Center, American Cancer Society, Atlanta, GA 30329-4251, USA.


Behavioral science has played an important role in gaining an understanding of behavior related to use of cancer screening; however, thus far this role has been limited mainly to breast and cervical cancer screening. Progress has been made recently in identifying barriers to cancer screening in underserved populations, the role of provider behavior in promoting screening adherence, and in beginning to understand behavioral issues related to genetic susceptibility. Research based on behavioral science theory is increasing, and there is need for more of this type of theory-based research focused on screening for other types of cancer in addition to breast and cervical screening.

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