Navigation Links
Few people are doing it, so why should I? Motivating men to seek cancer screening
Date:7/27/2010

In Germany, several national health campaigns promote cancer screening by announcing that only one in five German men gets screened. This is supposed to motivate men to have an examination. But a new study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, finds that this well-meaning message has the exact opposite effect: it makes men less likely to choose to get screened.

In an earlier study, Monika Sieverding of the University of Heidelberg and her colleagues (Uwe Matterne and Liborio Ciccarello) had found that men who had never been screened for cancer thought that most other men weren't getting screened, either. But Sieverding wanted to know if these men's beliefs about screening rates influenced whether they decided to have cancer screening.

The researchers approached men in the pedestrian areas of two large German cities. They chose men who were 45 or older and had never been screened for cancer. (In Germany, the basic screening for men includes a prostate cancer exam and often also a blood test for colorectal cancer.) The men read one of two statements about cancer screening. One stated that only 18 percent of German men had been screened for cancer in the last year ("low-prevalence" group); the other said that already 65 percent of men had been screened ("high-prevalence" group). Both of these statements were true. The first was only about a one-year time period, while the second is the percentage of men who had ever been tested in their lifetime. Then the men were asked if they intended to have cancer screening in the next 12 months.

Men in the high-prevalence group were much more likely to indicate that they would have cancer screening in the next year than those in the low-prevalence group. Additionally, men in the low-prevalence group were less likely to provide their name and address to receive further information about cancer screening by mail, thus indicating that low-prevalence information may actually have a demotivating effect.

"For us it is so interesting because this is very easy to change," says Sieverding, who co-wrote the article with Sarah Decker and Friederike Zimmermann, all of the University of Heidelberg. "There are so many barriers to cancer screening. You cannot change attitudes easily, or the image of the average cancer screening patient, but it is easy to change the framing of the campaign." Health campaigns could easily be designed to make people think that most other people are doing this behavior, so you should, too whether it's cancer screening, vaccinations, or washing your hands.


'/>"/>

Contact: Keri Chiodo
kchiodo@psychologicalscience.org
202-293-9300
Association for Psychological Science
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Can I buy you a drink? Genetics may determine sensitivity to other peoples drinking behavior
2. NIH-funded study finds early HAART during TB treatment boosts survival rate in co-infected people
3. When climate change becomes a health issue, are people more likely to listen?
4. Everyone Counts: Quality Data Essential to Improving People's Lives, Says UNFPA
5. Study Shows People Lose Twice the Weight on New Lifestyle Diet Compared to Other Diet Programs
6. People Living With Lung Cancer Are Too Often Stigmatised Because Of Link To Smoking
7. CWRU study finds visually impaired people get insulin pen dosages right
8. Low vitamin D linked to the metabolic syndrome in elderly people
9. More than 2 billion people worldwide lack access to surgical services
10. ConnectedIn Divorce Resource Offers Online Expert Website for People Considering or Going Through Divorce
11. Older adults watch more TV than younger people, enjoy it less
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/5/2016)... New York (PRWEB) , ... February 05, 2016 , ... ... use and find themselves having to wait longer to access the treadmills. It’s a ... New Year’s resolutions to lose weight and get in shape by joining gyms, starting ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... , ... At its annual meeting held last week, the American Parkinson Disease ... of Directors. Mr. McDermott succeeds former APDA Chairman, Fred Greene. , "We are pleased ... APDA President and CEO. “Pat has tirelessly served APDA since 2001 when he was ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... , ... February 05, 2016 , ... Colorize ... on one drop zone to the next using Colorize's dynamic moving camera. Colorize is ... This package includes a 3D slideshow environment with 1 to 5 focus points per ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... 05, 2016 , ... On June 9-10, Las Vegas will ... education (CME) event presented by the Association for Comprehensive Care in Rare Diseases ... whose mission is to provide education, tools, and resources to primary care clinicians ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... Luis Obispo, CA (PRWEB) , ... February 05, 2016 , ... ... new changes that Medicare San Luis Obispo users can expect to see in 2016. ... , The two most significant changes will directly impact many San Luis Obispo seniors ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/4/2016)... , Feb. 4, 2016 Worldwide ... achieve significant growth as next generation systems provide ... use radiology for cancer surgery. New systems pinpoint ... overdosing that has been such a problem previously, ... delivered. Radiosurgery robots take cancer surgery far beyond ...
(Date:2/4/2016)... 2016 Wegener Polyangiitis - Pipeline Review, ... ,Wegener Polyangiitis - Pipeline Review, H2 2015, provides ... This report provides comprehensive information on the ... analysis at various stages, therapeutics assessment by drug ... (RoA) and molecule type, along with latest updates, ...
(Date:2/4/2016)... LONDON , Feb. 4, 2016 ... and competitive market to drive long-term market growth ... very common set of chronic disorders that affect ... disparate in terms of their symptoms and key ... by dysregulation of immune pathways and an inappropriate ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: