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

Livingston, Patricia, Wakefield, Melanie and Elwood, J Mark 2007, Community attitudes towards the early detection of cancer in Victoria, Australia, Australian and New Zealand journal of public health, vol. 31, no. 1, pp. 26-29.

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Title Community attitudes towards the early detection of cancer in Victoria, Australia
Author(s) Livingston, PatriciaORCID iD for Livingston, Patricia
Wakefield, Melanie
Elwood, J Mark
Journal name Australian and New Zealand journal of public health
Volume number 31
Issue number 1
Start page 26
End page 29
Publisher Public Health Association of Australia
Place of publication Australia
Publication date 2007-02
ISSN 1326-0200
Keyword(s) Studies
Statistical analysis
Medical diagnosis
Medical treatment
Bowel disease
Summary 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; 49% for bowel cancer, and 30% for lung cancer.

Conclusions and Implications : Community support for the early detection of cancer was evident even in the absence of effective treatment.  There was a lower perceived survival benefit for the early diagnosis of bowel cancer or melanoma.  An education campaign is required that focuses on the gains associated with early detection and benefits of screening for bowel cancer.
Language eng
Field of Research 111708 Health and Community Services
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2008, RMIT Publishing
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