publication . Article . 1999

Population Risk, Actual Risk, Perceived Risk, and Cancer Control: a Discussion

Kimberly Kelly;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Jan 1999 Journal: JNCI Monographs, volume 1,999, pages 81-85 (issn: 1052-6773, eissn: 1745-6614, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (OUP)
: Given the difficulty of converting population-based estimates of cancer risk into precise statements of individual risk, it is not surprising that (a) individual differences in risk perception are at best poorly correlated to the best available determination of "actual risk" and to behaviors to prevent and detect and treat cancer, and (b) success in bringing perceived risk into line with actual risk has been limited. These inconsistencies are of concern because individual perceptions of risk are thought to be important motivators of action for the prevention and early detection and treatment of cancer. Following the reviewer's suggestion that risk perceptions ...
free text keywords: Cancer Research, Oncology, General Medicine
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