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Cancer Risk Communication and Comprehension

KAREN M. EMMONS, CARA CUITE and ERIKA WATERS

in Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention

Third edition

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780195149616
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199865062 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195149616.003.0069
Cancer Risk Communication and Comprehension

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This chapter presents a summary of key issues that must be considered in risk communication. There has been a long-standing effort to improve patient understanding of the risks and benefits of medical procedures and treatments. The challenge of risk communication related to cancer and cancer prevention has become even more complex over the past decade, as more data is available to provide detailed risk estimates to different population subgroups. Further, it is increasingly possible to tailor treatment strategies to individual characteristics.

Keywords: risk communication; cancer patients; patient information; medical procedures; treatments

Chapter.  8165 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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