Journal of Cancer Education

, 24:225 | Cite as

Colorectal cancer knowledge is not associated with screening compliance or intention

  • David S. Weinberg
  • Suzanne Miller
  • Michelle Rodoletz
  • Brian Egleston
  • Linda Fleisher
  • Joanne Buzaglo
  • Eileen Keenan
  • Jaime Marks
  • Eric Bieber
Article

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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© American Association for Cancer Education 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • David S. Weinberg
    • 1
  • Suzanne Miller
    • 1
  • Michelle Rodoletz
    • 1
  • Brian Egleston
    • 1
  • Linda Fleisher
    • 1
  • Joanne Buzaglo
    • 1
  • Eileen Keenan
    • 1
  • Jaime Marks
    • 1
  • Eric Bieber
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of MedicineFox Chase Cancer CenterPhiladelphia
  2. 2.Geisinger Health SystemDanville

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