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Evaluating Correlates of Awareness of the Association between Drinking Too Much Alcohol and Cancer Risk in the United States.

Publication ,  Journal Article
Wiseman, KP; Klein, WMP
Published in: Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev
July 2019

BACKGROUND: Awareness that alcohol consumption is associated with cancer is low in the United States, and predictors of awareness are not well understood. METHODS: Data from the 2017 Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS 5 Cycle 1) were used to describe knowledge of the association between drinking too much alcohol and cancer ("Yes," aware of the association; "No"; or "Don't know") among 3,009 adults. Weighted multinomial multivariable logistic regression determined personal characteristics (e.g., demographic characteristics, health-related self-efficacy, cancer beliefs, and information seeking) associated with reporting "Yes" or "Don't know" compared with "No." RESULTS: Thirty-eight percent of the U.S. population believed there was an association (38.36%), 36.17% were uncertain, and 25.47% believed there was no association. People believing that everything causes cancer and people who had ever looked up information about cancer had 1.61 and 1.80 higher odds of reporting "Yes" [95% confidence intervals (CI), 1.08-2.42 and 1.27-2.57, respectively]. Compared with people who were completely confident in their ability to take care of their health, people only somewhat confident had 2.32 higher odds of reporting "Don't know" (95% CI, 1.30-4.14). Younger age was negatively associated with reporting "Don't know." CONCLUSIONS: Awareness of the association between alcohol and cancer is low in the United States. Personal characteristics associated with awareness differed between reporting "Yes" and "Don't know," and there were few associations between demographic characteristics and awareness. IMPACT: A significant knowledge gap exists in the population. Broad reaching public health media campaigns, particularly those that increase information seeking, are needed to increase awareness.

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Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev

DOI

EISSN

1538-7755

Publication Date

July 2019

Volume

28

Issue

7

Start / End Page

1195 / 1201

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • Young Adult
  • United States
  • Neoplasms
  • Middle Aged
  • Male
  • Humans
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Female
  • Epidemiology
  • Alcohol Drinking
 

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Wiseman, K. P., & Klein, W. M. P. (2019). Evaluating Correlates of Awareness of the Association between Drinking Too Much Alcohol and Cancer Risk in the United States. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev, 28(7), 1195–1201. https://doi.org/10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-18-1010
Wiseman, Kara P., and William M. P. Klein. “Evaluating Correlates of Awareness of the Association between Drinking Too Much Alcohol and Cancer Risk in the United States.Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 28, no. 7 (July 2019): 1195–1201. https://doi.org/10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-18-1010.
Wiseman KP, Klein WMP. Evaluating Correlates of Awareness of the Association between Drinking Too Much Alcohol and Cancer Risk in the United States. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2019 Jul;28(7):1195–201.
Wiseman, Kara P., and William M. P. Klein. “Evaluating Correlates of Awareness of the Association between Drinking Too Much Alcohol and Cancer Risk in the United States.Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev, vol. 28, no. 7, July 2019, pp. 1195–201. Pubmed, doi:10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-18-1010.
Wiseman KP, Klein WMP. Evaluating Correlates of Awareness of the Association between Drinking Too Much Alcohol and Cancer Risk in the United States. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2019 Jul;28(7):1195–1201.

Published In

Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev

DOI

EISSN

1538-7755

Publication Date

July 2019

Volume

28

Issue

7

Start / End Page

1195 / 1201

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • Young Adult
  • United States
  • Neoplasms
  • Middle Aged
  • Male
  • Humans
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Female
  • Epidemiology
  • Alcohol Drinking