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J Cancer Educ. 2011 Mar;26(1):103-10. doi: 10.1007/s13187-010-0133-7.

The relationship of health numeracy to cancer screening.

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Center for Patient Care and Outcomes Research Center, Medical College of Wisconsin, 8701 Watertown Plank Road, Milwaukee, WI 53226-0509, USA. mschap@mcw.edu

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.

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20577913
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PMC4162638
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10.1007/s13187-010-0133-7
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