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Am J Health Behav. 2007 Sep-Oct;31 Suppl 1:S57-68.

The role of numeracy on cancer screening among urban women.

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Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA 23298-0102, USA. aaggarwal@mcvh.-vcu.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To determine the role of numeracy on cancer screening knowledge and practices among an ethnically diverse population.

METHODS:

Women aged 40+ presenting for primary care at an urban academic medical center were surveyed. Numeracy was measured as a dichotomous outcome (numerate: yes/no) using 3 criteria adapted from a validated instrument. Self-report was used to determine if women were upto-date with breast and colorectal cancer screening.

RESULTS:

Adequate numeracy was associated with increasing age, white race, higher education, and knowledge of breast cancer screening guidelines. No association was found between numeracy and cancer screening practices.

CONCLUSIONS:

Adequate numeracy was not a key determinant of cancer screening.

PMID:
17931137
DOI:
10.5555/ajhb.2007.31.supp.S57
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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