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Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention$
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David Schottenfeld and Joseph F. Fraumeni

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195149616

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195149616.001.0001

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Cancer Risk Communication and Comprehension

Cancer Risk Communication and Comprehension

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(p.1303) 69 Cancer Risk Communication and Comprehension
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Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention
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KAREN M. EMMONS

CARA CUITE

ERIKA WATERS

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195149616.003.0069

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

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