Health Communication and Communication Inequalities in Addressing Cancer Disparities

  • K. Viswanath
  • Karen M. Emmons

The advances in knowledge about the causes of and treatments for cancer underscores the need for understanding how to disseminate this knowledge widely and effectively. Dissemination maximizes the chances for appropriate and timely actions in cancer prevention that can lead to considerable savings in lives as well as costs associated with medical care of cancer patients (Warren et al. 2008). Adoption of preventive health behaviors is more likely when individuals have knowledge about why those behaviors are important and have the skills and the means to adopt them. Further, treatment advances often take some time to become widely available in practice, and thus an individual’s ability to take advantage of them requires knowledge and resources.


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  1. 1.Harvard School of Public Health, Dana-Farber Cancer InstituteBostonUSA

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