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The study aimed to evaluate the BBC's 'Fighting Fat, Fighting Fit' campaign's success in achieving public awareness of the need for obesity prevention, and putting over its message of healthy eating and increased physical activity. Demographic factors associated with awareness of the campaign were assessed. Data were collected from a national representative(More)
Little is known about the correlates of cancer information avoidance and whether people with negative feelings and beliefs about cancer are more likely to avoid cancer information, allowing such thoughts and feelings to persist unchallenged. Using the Extended Parallel Processing Model as a theoretical guide, we tested the hypothesis that cancer fear and(More)
We examined psychologic responses to information about human papillomavirus (HPV) in young women within the age range of the UK's HPV vaccination "catch-up" program (13-16 years). Respondents absorbed HPV information without becoming worried, were receptive to cervical screening and vaccination, and these attitudes were enhanced by presentation of relevant(More)
The incidence of skin cancer has risen rapidly in the UK over the last 20 years, prompting public health organizations to try and raise awareness of the dangers of sun exposure and the need to practice sun-safe behaviour. This study aimed to assess baseline levels of sun-safe knowledge and behaviour in a British population-representative sample, prior to(More)
BACKGROUND Factors involved in forming intentions to attend cancer screening may be different from those involved in translating intentions into action. PURPOSE To test the hypotheses that social cognition variables predict intention better than action, and that life difficulty variables predict action better than intention, in colorectal screening. (More)
Cancer screening may be offered to a population opportunistically, as part of an organized program, or as some combination of the preceding two options. Organized screening is distinguished from opportunistic screening primarily on the basis of how invitations to screening are extended. In organized screening, invitations are issued from centralized(More)
AIM This national survey sought to establish levels of awareness of cancer risk factors and awareness of what individuals could do to reduce their own risk status. METHOD Cross-sectional interview data comprising a national representative sample of 4,233 individuals aged 15 years or over across Great Britain. RESULTS There were high levels of awareness(More)
OBJECTIVES This study examined the influence of marital status and inviting both partners together on participation in colorectal cancer screening. SETTING Data were from a subset of participants from the UK Flexible Sigmoidoscopy Trial (1996-1999). METHODS Marital status was self-reported, and co-invitation of partner was obtained from the trial(More)
OBJECTIVE To study the effectiveness of visual illustrations in improving people's understanding of the preventive aim of flexible sigmoidoscopy (FS) screening. METHODS Three-hundred and eighteen people aged 60-64 were offered an appointment to attend FS screening and randomly allocated to receive either written information alone or written information(More)
This study describes the experience of people with chronic pain. Using the method of grounded theory, 29 chronic pain sufferers were interviewed at an outpatient pain clinic. A model depicting the basic social psychological process of maintaining a normal life through constraint was developed. This process revolved around people's perception of the(More)