Journal article

Community attitudes towards the early detection of cancer in Victoria, Australia.

Patricia Livingston, Melanie Wakefield, J Mark Elwood

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health | Published : 2007

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: To describe people's attitudes towards early detection of cancer. METHODS: We conducted a telephone survey of Victorian adults aged 18+ years, during April-May 2005, using a market research company. RESULTS: 1,502 (41%) people participated; 80% of respondents believed that detecting cancer early meant that treatment saved lives most of the time or always; 88% believed finding cancer early enabled more effective treatment most of the time or always; and 70% indicated they would want to be tested for a cancer even if no treatment were available. Two-thirds or more of adults considered survival would be very much improved by early detection for breast, melanoma and prostate cancers;..

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