Journal of Cancer Education

, 24:225

Colorectal cancer knowledge is not associated with screening compliance or intention

Authors

    • Department of MedicineFox Chase Cancer Center
  • Suzanne Miller
    • Department of MedicineFox Chase Cancer Center
  • Michelle Rodoletz
    • Department of MedicineFox Chase Cancer Center
  • Brian Egleston
    • Department of MedicineFox Chase Cancer Center
  • Linda Fleisher
    • Department of MedicineFox Chase Cancer Center
  • Joanne Buzaglo
    • Department of MedicineFox Chase Cancer Center
  • Eileen Keenan
    • Department of MedicineFox Chase Cancer Center
  • Jaime Marks
    • Department of MedicineFox Chase Cancer Center
  • Eric Bieber
    • Geisinger Health System
Article

DOI: 10.1080/08858190902924815

Cite this article as:
Weinberg, D.S., Miller, S., Rodoletz, M. et al. J Canc Educ (2009) 24: 225. doi:10.1080/08858190902924815

Abstract

Background. Increasing colorectal cancer (CRC) screening is a public health goal. We hypothesized that non-compliant, average risk women would demonstrate low levels of CRC knowledge and underestimate their CRC risk. Methods. Participants identified prior to routine gynecological visits completed a survey assessing demographics, CRC knowledge, risk perception, and screening intention. Results. The 318 participants demonstrated high levels of CRC knowledge. The majority estimated their risk incorrectly and had no intention of screening participation in the future. There were no consistent relationships between knowledge, risk perception, and screening intent. Conclusions. Knowledge alone is an inadequate stimulus of screening adherence.

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