Public education and cancer control.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

OBJECTIVES: To provide an overview of public education efforts in tobacco, obesity, environmental health, and cancer screening. DATA SOURCES: Cochrane, AHRQ, the CDC's Guide to Community Preventive Services, and other reviews. CONCLUSION: Major changes in rates of smoking and cancer screening attest to the effectiveness of public education efforts. Diet and physical activity have more resistant behaviors. Communication technologies offer possibilities for connecting people with the education they need. IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING PRACTICE: Nurses can play important roles in public education by helping to overcome people's misperceptions and biases related to cancer. There also may be an important role for nurses as information brokers.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Rimer, BK; Gierisch, JM

Published Date

  • November 2005

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 21 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 286 - 295

PubMed ID

  • 16293517

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0749-2081

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.soncn.2005.06.003


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States