Self-testing for cancer:a community survey

Wilson, Sue, Ryan, Angela V., Greenfield, Sheila M., Clifford, Sue C., Holder, Roger L., Pattison, Helen M., Fitzmaurice, David A. and McManus, Richard J. (2008). Self-testing for cancer:a community survey. BMC Cancer, 8 (102), p. 102.

Abstract

Background: Cancer-related self-tests are currently available to buy in pharmacies or over the internet, including tests for faecal occult blood, PSA and haematuria. Self-tests have potential benefits (e.g. convenience) but there are also potential harms (e.g. delays in seeking treatment). The extent of cancer-related self-test use in the UK is not known. This study aimed to determine the prevalence of cancer-related self-test use. Methods: Adults (n = 5,545) in the West Midlands were sent a questionnaire that collected socio-demographic information and data regarding previous and potential future use of 18 different self-tests. Prevalence rates were directly standardised to the England population. The postcode based Index of Multiple Deprivation 2004 was used as aproxy measure of deprivation. Results: 2,925 (54%) usable questionnaires were returned. 1.2% (95% CI 0.83% to 1.66%) of responders reported having used a cancer related self test kit and a further 36% reported that they would consider using one in the future. Logistic regression analyses suggest that increasing age, deprivation category and employment status were associated with cancer-related self-test kit use. Conclusion: We conclude that one in 100 of the adult population have used a cancer-related self-test kit and over a third would consider using one in the future. Self-test kit use could alter perceptions of risk, cause psychological morbidity and impact on the demand for healthcare.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2407-8-102
Divisions: Life & Health Sciences > Psychology
Life & Health Sciences
Life & Health Sciences > Chronic and Communicable Conditions
Additional Information: © 2008 Wilson et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cancer,self-test,faecal occult blood,PSA,haematuria,UK,Cancer Research,Oncology
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Published Date: 2008-04-14
Authors: Wilson, Sue
Ryan, Angela V.
Greenfield, Sheila M.
Clifford, Sue C.
Holder, Roger L.
Pattison, Helen M. ( 0000-0002-9483-4342)
Fitzmaurice, David A.
McManus, Richard J.

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