Community perceptions of bowel cancer: A survey of Queenslanders

Lowe J.B., Balanda K.P., Gillespie A.M., Stanton W.R. and Anderson P.J. (1995) Community perceptions of bowel cancer: A survey of Queenslanders. Health Education Journal, 54 3: 331-339. doi:10.1177/001789699505400308


Author Lowe J.B.
Balanda K.P.
Gillespie A.M.
Stanton W.R.
Anderson P.J.
Title Community perceptions of bowel cancer: A survey of Queenslanders
Journal name Health Education Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1748-8176
Publication date 1995-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/001789699505400308
Volume 54
Issue 3
Start page 331
End page 339
Total pages 9
Subject 2739 Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
Abstract Bowel cancer is the third most common cancer in Australia. The Australian Cancer Society has set a national goal ‘to exploit prevention opportunities and to increase early detection’. To address this goal, information about community perceptions is required. Through the use of a Delphi process, a questionnaire was developed to investigate community knowledge, attitudes and beliefs regarding primary prevention and early detection activities. This paper describes the results of a postal survey of a random sample of 855 Queensland adults selected from electoral rolls. Results indicate that there is a high level of uncertainty about bowel cancer and a belief that many behaviours are related to bowel cancer. While 74 per cent believed that tests could detect bowel cancer, only 52 per cent were confident that a doctor could accurately diagnose it. Only 35 per cent agreed that the public should be screened for bowel cancer and only 10 per cent would get a check-up. Perhaps reflecting the degree of uncertainty among health professionals about bowel cancer, there appears to be a high level of misinformation and confusion in the community. The need for an educational programme to address these issues is discussed.
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