Journal article

CANCER-RELATED BELIEFS AND BEHAVIORS IN AUSTRALIA

D HILL, V WHITE, R BORLAND, J COCKBURN

Australian Journal of Public Health | PUBLIC HEALTH ASSOC AUSTRALIA INC | Published : 1991

Abstract

A sample of 3527 adults aged 16 years and over was interviewed in their homes to obtain Australian data on selected behavioural risk factors for cancer. Four fifths of those interviewed nominated at least one step that individuals may take to reduce their risk of cancer, while 14 per cent believed there were no preventive measures available. Most salient among the preventive steps mentioned were 'not smoking' (58 per cent), dietary measures (30 per cent) and protection of the skin against the sun (13 per cent). Various psychological factors were mentioned by 7 per cent. Beliefs about dietary factors associated with cancer and the direction of the relationship tended to be accurate but there ..

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