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Journal of Cancer Education

, Volume 34, Issue 6, pp 1190–1197 | Cite as

Increasing Awareness of Uterine Cancer Risks and Symptoms by Using Campaign Materials from Inside Knowledge: Get the Facts About Gynecologic Cancer

  • Daniel Novinson
  • Mary PuckettEmail author
  • Julie Townsend
  • Guillermo Tortolero-Luna
  • Jenny Rees Patterson
  • Cynthia A. Gelb
  • Sherri L. Stewart
Article

Abstract

Uterine cancer is the fourth most commonly diagnosed cancer among women in the USA. To increase knowledge among women and healthcare providers about uterine cancer, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (NCCCP) partnered with the Inside Knowledge: Get The Facts About Gynecologic Cancer campaign to present facilitated discussions about uterine cancer with women and providers. After standardized training, local NCCCP grantees developed and led community-based, tailored, facilitated discussions for public participants and providers. Pre- and post-session surveys were administered to assess knowledge of risk factors, symptoms, testing, and diagnostic options for uterine cancer. Following the facilitated sessions, significantly, more public respondents identified uterine cancer risk factors (e.g., advanced age, post-menopausal status). However, they also equally identified factors not associated with uterine cancer (e.g., smoking, HPV). Non-OB/GYN provider knowledge increased, significantly for some risks and symptoms, and their confidence with relaying uterine cancer information to patients significantly increased from 51.4 to 91.0% (P < 0.0001). Relatively low proportions of OB/GYNs (19.3%), other primary care providers (46.2%), and public participants (51.8%) knew post-session that genetic testing for Lynch syndrome can help stratify women for uterine cancer risk. Participant knowledge significantly increased for some risk factors and symptoms following Inside Knowledge educational sessions; however, some knowledge gaps remained. Overall, the Inside Knowledge materials are effective for increasing uterine cancer awareness among providers and women. Additional provider education could include specific resources related to uterine cancer genetic associations, as advancements in genetic testing for all uterine cancers are currently being made.

Keywords

Uterine cancer Health education Cancer prevention Comprehensive cancer control 

Notes

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Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.

Financial Disclosure

No financial disclosures were reported by the authors of this paper.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health PromotionCenters for Disease Control and PreventionAtlantaUSA
  2. 2.Division of Cancer Control and Population SciencesUniversity of Puerto Rico Comprehensive Cancer CenterSan JuanPuerto Rico
  3. 3.SciMetrikaDurhamUSA

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