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Cancer Communication
Have you ever looked for information about cancer from any source?
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Avoiding cancer risk information View questions related to this article

Cancer Fatalism, Literacy, and Cancer Information Seeking in the American Public View questions related to this article

Associations of spontaneous self-affirmation with health care experiences and health information seeking in a national survey of US adults View questions related to this article

"I Don't Know" My Cancer Risk: Exploring Deficits in Cancer Knowledge and Information-Seeking Skills to Explain an Often-Overlooked Participant Response. View questions related to this article

Cancer-Related Information Seeking Among Cancer Survivors: Trends Over a Decade (2003-2013). View questions related to this article

Public Awareness of Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Tests: Findings from the 2013 U.S. Health Information National Trends Survey. View questions related to this article

Gaps in knowledge: Tracking and explaining gender differences in health information seeking. View questions related to this article

Analyzing factors associated with women's attitudes and behaviors toward screening mammography using design-based logistic regression. View questions related to this article

Recency of pap testing and future testing plans among women aged 18-64: Analysis of the 2007 Health Information National Trends Survey. View questions related to this article

Trends in patient information preferences and acquisition. View questions related to this article

Contribution of communication inequalities to disparities in Human Papillomavirus Vaccine awareness and knowledge. View questions related to this article

Health Numeracy Confidence among Racial/Ethnic Minorities in HINTS 2007: Sociodemographic, Attitudinal, and Knowledge Correlates. View questions related to this article

Health-related Internet use among cancer survivors: Data from the Health Information National Trends Survey, 2003-2008. View questions related to this article

Awareness of direct-to-consumer genetic tests and use of genetic tests among Puerto Rican adults, 2009. View questions related to this article

The relationship between health information sources and mental models of cancer: findings from the 2005 Health Information National Trends Survey. View questions related to this article

Differences between RDD telephone and ABS mail survey design: coverage, unit nonresponse, and measurement error. View questions related to this article

Health and cancer information seeking practices and preferences in Puerto Rico: creating an evidence base for cancer communication efforts. View questions related to this article

Cancer information disparities between U.S.- and foreign-born populations. View questions related to this article

Predictors of perceived ambiguity about cancer prevention recommendations: Sociodemographic factors and mass media exposures. View questions related to this article

Beliefs about heritability of cancer and health information seeking and preventive behaviors. View questions related to this article

Differences in cancer information-seeking behavior, preferences, and awareness between cancer survivors and healthy controls: A national, population-based survey. View questions related to this article

Health information seeking and media exposure among smokers: A comparison of light and intermittent tobacco users with heavy users View questions related to this article

Awareness of the role of physical activity in colon cancer prevention. View questions related to this article

Information support for cancer survivors. View questions related to this article

Frustrated and Confused: The American Public Rates its Cancer-Related Information-Seeking Experiences. View questions related to this article

Cancer news coverage and information seeking. View questions related to this article

Improving rates for screening colonoscopy: Analysis of the health information national trends survey (HINTS I) data. View questions related to this article

Risk perceptions and worry about cancer: does gender make a difference? View questions related to this article

Family history of cancer: is it an accurate indicator of cancer risk in the immigrant population? View questions related to this article

Breast and colorectal cancer screening and sources of cancer information among older women in the United States: results from the 2003 Health Information National Trends Survey. View questions related to this article

Understanding health inequalities for uninsured Americans: a population-wide survey. View questions related to this article

Cancer survivors information seeking behaviors: A comparison of survivors who do and do not seek information about cancer. View questions related to this article

Seeking Cancer Information: An Appalachian Perspective. View questions related to this article

Smokers who use Internet and smokers who don't: Data from the Health Information and National Trends Survey (HINTS). View questions related to this article

Communication and colorectal cancer screening among the uninsured: data from the Health Information National Trends Survey (United States). View questions related to this article

Are there gender differences in colorectal cancer test use prevalence and correlates? View questions related to this article

Lack of acknowledgment of fruit and vegetable recommendations among nonadherent individuals: associations with information processing and cancer cognitions. View questions related to this article

Relationship of communication and information measures to colorectal cancer screening utilization: results from HINTS. View questions related to this article

Cancer information seeking preferences and experiences: disparities between Asian Americans and Whites in the Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS). View questions related to this article

Health and the information nonseeker: a profile. View questions related to this article

Cancer-related information seeking: hints from the 2003 Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS). View questions related to this article

Cancer information scanning and seeking behavior is associated with knowledge, lifestyle choices, and screening. View questions related to this article

Knowledge of colon cancer screening in a national probability sample in the United States. View questions related to this article

Trust and sources of health information: the impact of the Internet and its implications for health care providers: findings from the first Health Information National Trends Survey. View questions related to this article

Factors associated with men's use of prostate-specific antigen screening: evidence from Health Information National Trends Survey. View questions related to this article



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Not including your doctor or other health care provider, has someone else ever looked for information about cancer for you?
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The most recent time you looked for cancer information, where did you go first?
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Is Online Health Activity Alive and Well or Flatlining? Findings From 10 Years of the Health Information National Trends Survey. View questions related to this article

Cancer-Related Information Seeking Among Cancer Survivors: Trends Over a Decade (2003-2013). View questions related to this article

Health Information Seeking and Cancer Screening Adherence Rates. View questions related to this article

An evaluation of healthcare information on the Internet: the case of colorectal cancer prevention. View questions related to this article

Health-related Internet use among cancer survivors: Data from the Health Information National Trends Survey, 2003-2008. View questions related to this article

Profile of e-patients: analysis of their cancer information-seeking from a national survey. View questions related to this article

Differences in cancer information-seeking behavior, preferences, and awareness between cancer survivors and healthy controls: A national, population-based survey. View questions related to this article

Information support for cancer survivors. View questions related to this article

Improving rates for screening colonoscopy: Analysis of the health information national trends survey (HINTS I) data. View questions related to this article

Breast and colorectal cancer screening and sources of cancer information among older women in the United States: results from the 2003 Health Information National Trends Survey. View questions related to this article

Cancer survivors information seeking behaviors: A comparison of survivors who do and do not seek information about cancer. View questions related to this article

Seeking Cancer Information: An Appalachian Perspective. View questions related to this article

Cancer-related information seeking: hints from the 2003 Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS). View questions related to this article

Knowledge of colon cancer screening in a national probability sample in the United States. View questions related to this article

Trust and sources of health information: the impact of the Internet and its implications for health care providers: findings from the first Health Information National Trends Survey. View questions related to this article



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Based on the results of your most recent search for information about cancer, how much do you agree or disagree with the following statements? It took a lot of effort to get the information you needed.
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How much would you trust the information about cancer from a doctor or other health professional?
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Analyzing factors associated with women's attitudes and behaviors toward screening mammography using design-based logistic regression. View questions related to this article

Trends in patient information preferences and acquisition. View questions related to this article

Realizing the promise of Web 2.0: Engaging community intelligence. View questions related to this article

Differences in cancer information-seeking behavior, preferences, and awareness between cancer survivors and healthy controls: A national, population-based survey. View questions related to this article

Health information seeking and media exposure among smokers: A comparison of light and intermittent tobacco users with heavy users View questions related to this article

Risk perceptions and worry about cancer: does gender make a difference? View questions related to this article

Cancer survivors information seeking behaviors: A comparison of survivors who do and do not seek information about cancer. View questions related to this article

Seeking Cancer Information: An Appalachian Perspective. View questions related to this article

Smokers who use Internet and smokers who don't: Data from the Health Information and National Trends Survey (HINTS). View questions related to this article

Correlates of repeat and recent mammography for women ages 45 to 75 in the 2002 to 2003 Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS 2003). View questions related to this article

Are there gender differences in colorectal cancer test use prevalence and correlates? View questions related to this article

Lack of acknowledgment of fruit and vegetable recommendations among nonadherent individuals: associations with information processing and cancer cognitions. View questions related to this article

Relationship of communication and information measures to colorectal cancer screening utilization: results from HINTS. View questions related to this article

Cancer information seeking preferences and experiences: disparities between Asian Americans and Whites in the Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS). View questions related to this article

Health and the information nonseeker: a profile. View questions related to this article

Trust and sources of health information: the impact of the Internet and its implications for health care providers: findings from the first Health Information National Trends Survey. View questions related to this article

Systems and individual factors associated with smoking status: evidence from HINTS. View questions related to this article



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In general, how much would you trust information about cancer from family or friends?
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Trends in patient information preferences and acquisition. View questions related to this article

Differences in cancer information-seeking behavior, preferences, and awareness between cancer survivors and healthy controls: A national, population-based survey. View questions related to this article

Health information seeking and media exposure among smokers: A comparison of light and intermittent tobacco users with heavy users View questions related to this article

Risk perceptions and worry about cancer: does gender make a difference? View questions related to this article

Cancer survivors information seeking behaviors: A comparison of survivors who do and do not seek information about cancer. View questions related to this article

Seeking Cancer Information: An Appalachian Perspective. View questions related to this article

Smokers who use Internet and smokers who don't: Data from the Health Information and National Trends Survey (HINTS). View questions related to this article

Correlates of repeat and recent mammography for women ages 45 to 75 in the 2002 to 2003 Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS 2003). View questions related to this article

Are there gender differences in colorectal cancer test use prevalence and correlates? View questions related to this article

Lack of acknowledgment of fruit and vegetable recommendations among nonadherent individuals: associations with information processing and cancer cognitions. View questions related to this article

Relationship of communication and information measures to colorectal cancer screening utilization: results from HINTS. View questions related to this article

Cancer information seeking preferences and experiences: disparities between Asian Americans and Whites in the Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS). View questions related to this article

Health and the information nonseeker: a profile. View questions related to this article

Trust and sources of health information: the impact of the Internet and its implications for health care providers: findings from the first Health Information National Trends Survey. View questions related to this article



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In general, how much would you trust information about cancer from each of the following? Newspapers:
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An evaluation of colonoscopy use: Implications for health education. View questions related to this article

Differences in cancer information-seeking behavior, preferences, and awareness between cancer survivors and healthy controls: A national, population-based survey. View questions related to this article

Health information seeking and media exposure among smokers: A comparison of light and intermittent tobacco users with heavy users View questions related to this article

Risk perceptions and worry about cancer: does gender make a difference? View questions related to this article

Cancer survivors information seeking behaviors: A comparison of survivors who do and do not seek information about cancer. View questions related to this article

Seeking Cancer Information: An Appalachian Perspective. View questions related to this article

Smokers who use Internet and smokers who don't: Data from the Health Information and National Trends Survey (HINTS). View questions related to this article

Correlates of repeat and recent mammography for women ages 45 to 75 in the 2002 to 2003 Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS 2003). View questions related to this article

Are there gender differences in colorectal cancer test use prevalence and correlates? View questions related to this article

Lack of acknowledgment of fruit and vegetable recommendations among nonadherent individuals: associations with information processing and cancer cognitions. View questions related to this article

Relationship of communication and information measures to colorectal cancer screening utilization: results from HINTS. View questions related to this article

Cancer information seeking preferences and experiences: disparities between Asian Americans and Whites in the Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS). View questions related to this article

Health and the information nonseeker: a profile. View questions related to this article

Trust and sources of health information: the impact of the Internet and its implications for health care providers: findings from the first Health Information National Trends Survey. View questions related to this article



Read HINTS Briefs
In general, how much would you trust information about cancer from each of the following? Magazines:
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An evaluation of colonoscopy use: Implications for health education. View questions related to this article

Differences in cancer information-seeking behavior, preferences, and awareness between cancer survivors and healthy controls: A national, population-based survey. View questions related to this article

Health information seeking and media exposure among smokers: A comparison of light and intermittent tobacco users with heavy users View questions related to this article

Risk perceptions and worry about cancer: does gender make a difference? View questions related to this article

Cancer survivors information seeking behaviors: A comparison of survivors who do and do not seek information about cancer. View questions related to this article

Seeking Cancer Information: An Appalachian Perspective. View questions related to this article

Smokers who use Internet and smokers who don't: Data from the Health Information and National Trends Survey (HINTS). View questions related to this article

Correlates of repeat and recent mammography for women ages 45 to 75 in the 2002 to 2003 Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS 2003). View questions related to this article

Are there gender differences in colorectal cancer test use prevalence and correlates? View questions related to this article

Lack of acknowledgment of fruit and vegetable recommendations among nonadherent individuals: associations with information processing and cancer cognitions. View questions related to this article

Relationship of communication and information measures to colorectal cancer screening utilization: results from HINTS. View questions related to this article

Cancer information seeking preferences and experiences: disparities between Asian Americans and Whites in the Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS). View questions related to this article

Health and the information nonseeker: a profile. View questions related to this article

Trust and sources of health information: the impact of the Internet and its implications for health care providers: findings from the first Health Information National Trends Survey. View questions related to this article



Read HINTS Briefs
In general, how much would you trust information about cancer on the radio?
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An evaluation of colonoscopy use: Implications for health education. View questions related to this article

Differences in cancer information-seeking behavior, preferences, and awareness between cancer survivors and healthy controls: A national, population-based survey. View questions related to this article

Health information seeking and media exposure among smokers: A comparison of light and intermittent tobacco users with heavy users View questions related to this article

Risk perceptions and worry about cancer: does gender make a difference? View questions related to this article

Cancer survivors information seeking behaviors: A comparison of survivors who do and do not seek information about cancer. View questions related to this article

Seeking Cancer Information: An Appalachian Perspective. View questions related to this article

Smokers who use Internet and smokers who don't: Data from the Health Information and National Trends Survey (HINTS). View questions related to this article

Correlates of repeat and recent mammography for women ages 45 to 75 in the 2002 to 2003 Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS 2003). View questions related to this article

Are there gender differences in colorectal cancer test use prevalence and correlates? View questions related to this article

Lack of acknowledgment of fruit and vegetable recommendations among nonadherent individuals: associations with information processing and cancer cognitions. View questions related to this article

Relationship of communication and information measures to colorectal cancer screening utilization: results from HINTS. View questions related to this article

Cancer information seeking preferences and experiences: disparities between Asian Americans and Whites in the Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS). View questions related to this article

Health and the information nonseeker: a profile. View questions related to this article

Trust and sources of health information: the impact of the Internet and its implications for health care providers: findings from the first Health Information National Trends Survey. View questions related to this article



Read HINTS Briefs
In general, how much would you trust information about cancer on the Internet?
Read Related Articles
Trends in patient information preferences and acquisition. View questions related to this article

Realizing the promise of Web 2.0: Engaging community intelligence. View questions related to this article

An evaluation of colonoscopy use: Implications for health education. View questions related to this article

Differences in cancer information-seeking behavior, preferences, and awareness between cancer survivors and healthy controls: A national, population-based survey. View questions related to this article

Health information seeking and media exposure among smokers: A comparison of light and intermittent tobacco users with heavy users View questions related to this article

Risk perceptions and worry about cancer: does gender make a difference? View questions related to this article

Cancer survivors information seeking behaviors: A comparison of survivors who do and do not seek information about cancer. View questions related to this article

Seeking Cancer Information: An Appalachian Perspective. View questions related to this article

Smokers who use Internet and smokers who don't: Data from the Health Information and National Trends Survey (HINTS). View questions related to this article

Correlates of repeat and recent mammography for women ages 45 to 75 in the 2002 to 2003 Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS 2003). View questions related to this article

Are there gender differences in colorectal cancer test use prevalence and correlates? View questions related to this article

Lack of acknowledgment of fruit and vegetable recommendations among nonadherent individuals: associations with information processing and cancer cognitions. View questions related to this article

Relationship of communication and information measures to colorectal cancer screening utilization: results from HINTS. View questions related to this article

Cancer information seeking preferences and experiences: disparities between Asian Americans and Whites in the Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS). View questions related to this article

Health and the information nonseeker: a profile. View questions related to this article

Trust and sources of health information: the impact of the Internet and its implications for health care providers: findings from the first Health Information National Trends Survey. View questions related to this article



Read HINTS Briefs
In general, how much would you trust information about cancer on television?
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An evaluation of colonoscopy use: Implications for health education. View questions related to this article

Differences in cancer information-seeking behavior, preferences, and awareness between cancer survivors and healthy controls: A national, population-based survey. View questions related to this article

Health information seeking and media exposure among smokers: A comparison of light and intermittent tobacco users with heavy users View questions related to this article

Risk perceptions and worry about cancer: does gender make a difference? View questions related to this article

Cancer survivors information seeking behaviors: A comparison of survivors who do and do not seek information about cancer. View questions related to this article

Seeking Cancer Information: An Appalachian Perspective. View questions related to this article

Smokers who use Internet and smokers who don't: Data from the Health Information and National Trends Survey (HINTS). View questions related to this article

Correlates of repeat and recent mammography for women ages 45 to 75 in the 2002 to 2003 Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS 2003). View questions related to this article

Are there gender differences in colorectal cancer test use prevalence and correlates? View questions related to this article

Lack of acknowledgment of fruit and vegetable recommendations among nonadherent individuals: associations with information processing and cancer cognitions. View questions related to this article

Relationship of communication and information measures to colorectal cancer screening utilization: results from HINTS. View questions related to this article

Cancer information seeking preferences and experiences: disparities between Asian Americans and Whites in the Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS). View questions related to this article

Health and the information nonseeker: a profile. View questions related to this article

Trust and sources of health information: the impact of the Internet and its implications for health care providers: findings from the first Health Information National Trends Survey. View questions related to this article



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Within the past 12 months, how much have you heard about nutrition and cancer on television?
Within the past 12 months, how much have you heard about physical activity or exercise and cancer on television?
Within the past 12 months, how much have you heard about nutrition and cancer in newspapers?
Within the past 12 months, how much have you heard about physical activity or exercise and cancer in newspapers?
Within the past 12 months, how much have you heard about nutrition and cancer in magazines?
Within the past 12 months, how much have you heard about physical activity or exercise and cancer in magazines?
Within the past 12 months, how much have you heard about nutrition and cancer on the Internet?
Within the past 12 months, how much have you heard about physical activity or exercise and cancer on the Internet?
Within the past 12 months, how much have you heard about nutrition and cancer from a doctor or other health care professional?
Within the past 12 months, how much have you heard about physical activity or exercise and cancer from a doctor or other health care professional?
...had you ever heard of the 1-800-ACS-2345 cancer information number?
Did you look for information by yourself, by proxy, both or neither?
Were you looking for information on causes of cancer or risk factors for cancer?
Were you looking for information on paying for medical care or insurance?
Based on the results of your most recent search for information about cancer, how much do you agree or disagree with the following statements? You felt frustrated during your search for the information.
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Based on the results of your most recent search for information about cancer, how much do you agree or disagree with the following statements? You were concerned about the quality of the information.
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Based on the results of your most recent search for information about cancer, how much do you agree or disagree with the following statements? The information you found was hard to understand.
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In general, how much would you trust information about cancer in newspapers or magazines?
In general, how much would you trust information about cancer from government health agencies?
In general, how much would you trust information about cancer from charitable organizations?
In general, how much would you trust information about cancer from religious organizations and leaders?
How much attention do you pay to information about cancer from each of the following sources? In online newspapers
How much attention do you pay to information about cancer from each of the following sources? In print newspapers
How much attention do you pay to information about cancer from each of the following sources? In special health or medical magazines or newsletters
How much attention do you pay to information about cancer from each of the following sources? On the Internet
How much attention do you pay to information about cancer from each of the following sources? On the radio
How much attention do you pay to information about cancer from each of the following sources? On local television news programs
How much attention do you pay to information about cancer from each of the following sources? On national or cable television news programs
Has a doctor ever told you there are different tests, such as colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, or blood stool tests to detect colorectal cancer?
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