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Health Information National Trends Survey
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HINTS Briefs

HINTS Briefs provide a snapshot of noteworthy, data-driven research findings. They introduce population-level estimates for specific questions in the survey and summarize significant research findings that are a result of analyzing how certain demographic characteristics influence specific outcomes. Many Briefs summarize research findings from recent peer-reviewed journal articles using HINTS data.

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Brief 26: Preventing Cancer through Increased Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine Uptake Download Brief in PDF Format
Cover image of Brief 26 In this HINTS Brief, we discuss the HPV vaccine that became available in 2006, awareness of HPV has increased significantly, but remains lower than desired. In 2013, equal proportions (68 percent) of the general adult population reported having heard of HPV and the HPV vaccine. Prior to the vaccine’s release, only 38 percent of women were familiar with HPV, and awareness among all adults was likely lower.
May 2014
Brief 15: Organizations Collaborate to Focus on Prevention Messages Download Brief in PDF Format
Cover image of Brief 15 When it comes to cancer prevention, more information does not necessarily mean greater clarity. Organizations collaborate to focus on prevention messages.
May 2010
Brief 14: Social Context Influences Interpersonal Health Communication Download Brief in PDF Format
Cover image of Brief 14 Studies have shown that a person’s social context can affect health communication access and usage, which, in turn, can affect health behaviors and outcomes, such as smoking, cancer screening, and disease.
November 2009
Brief 13: Americans Often Misunderstand the Extent to Which Colon, Skin, and Lung Cancers are Treatable and Beatable Download Brief in PDF Format
Cover image of Brief 13 "State-of-the-science" evidence in cancer refers to consensus among researchers and specialists regarding the most effective ways to prevent, screen for, and treat the disease, as well as rates of survival among those diagnosed.
August 2009
Brief 11: Knowledge of Tobacco-Related Cancers: Understanding the association of tobacco consumption and perceived cancer risk Download Brief in PDF Format
Cover image of Brief 11 Over the past several decades, significant progress has been made in reducing overall smoking rates and tobacco-related diseases. Despite these successes, there remain demographic and geographic disparities in smoking prevalence, tobacco-related health outcomes, and knowledge about lung cancer risk factors and mortality.
October 2008
Brief 9: Confusion about Cancer Prevention: Association with behavior Download Brief in PDF Format
Cover image of Brief 9 Because many cancers can be prevented through individual action and lifestyle (e.g., not smoking, eating a healthy diet, exercising, and wearing sunscreen), public understanding of cancer prevention is critical to cancer control.
January 2008
Brief 5: Knowledge and Awareness of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Download Brief in PDF Format
Cover image of Brief 5 In 2005, 61 percent of American women had never heard of HPV.
March 2007
Brief 3: Cancer Screening: Breast, cervix, and colorectal Download Brief in PDF Format
Cover image of Brief 3 Most Americans Are Aware of Cancer Screening Tests. Knowing age and frequency recommendations remains a challenge.
August 2006
Brief 2: Cancer Knowledge: Understanding Cancer Risk and Reducing Cancer Risk Download Brief in PDF Format
Cover image of Brief 2 More than 64% of Americans believe that lifestyle and behavior influence cancer risk.
March 2006
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