Cancer Risk Perceptions
Risk is the likelihood that something will happen.
Risk is a combined function of the probability of loss and the consequences of loss (e.g., severity of loss in the physical, psychological, social, and economic realms).
Risk is a population-based measure, the chance of something happening, as determined by its occurrence among a large group of people over time. An individual’s risk varies considerably within a given numerical boundary of a population’s risk, due to variations in personal, genetic, environmental, and behavioral factors.
Risk communication is the communication with individuals (not necessarily face to face) which addresses knowledge, perceptions, attitudes, and behavior related to risk.
Cancer risk perceptionis the judgment, based on cognitive and affective factors, of the chances that a given individual will develop cancer over a certain period of time. It can be significantly influenced by the...
References and Further Reading
- Klein, W. M., & Stefanek, M. (2007). Cancer risk elicitation and communication: Lessons from the psychology of risk perception. CA: a Cancer Journal for Clinicians, 57, 147–167.Google Scholar
- McCaul, K. D., Magnan, R. E., & Dillard, A. (2009). Understanding and communicating about cancer risk. In S. M. Miller, D. J. Bowen, R. T. Croyle, & J. H. Rowland (Eds.), Handbook of cancer control and behavioral science (pp. 133–150). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association Press.Google Scholar
- Slovic, P. (2010). The feeling of risk. Washington, DC: Earthscan.Google Scholar