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Experience of, awareness of and help-seeking for potential cancer symptoms in smokers and non-smokers: a cross-sectional study

Walabyeki, Julie; Adamson, Joy; Buckley, Hannah L.; Sinclair, Helena; Atkin, Karl; Graham, Hilary; Whitaker, Katriina; Wardle, Jane; Macleod, Una

Authors

Julie Walabyeki

Joy Adamson

Hannah L. Buckley

Helena Sinclair

Karl Atkin

Hilary Graham

Katriina Whitaker

Jane Wardle

Abstract

Background
Presenting to primary care with potential cancer symptoms is contingent on one’s ability to recognize potentially serious symptoms. We investigated differences between smokers and non-smokers in symptoms experienced, awareness and consulting of potential respiratory, head and neck cancer symptoms.

Methods
Smokers and non-smokers aged over 50 from Yorkshire general practice lists were sent a postal questionnaire asking about symptoms, consulting and awareness of cancer symptoms. Data were analysed using STATA14.

Results
Response rate after one reminder was 30.5% (1205/3954). Smoking status was associated with experience of cough (p

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Aug 28, 2017
Journal PLOS ONE
Print ISSN 1932-6203
Electronic ISSN 1932-6203
Publisher Public Library of Science
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 12
Issue 8
Article Number e0183647
Pages e0183647
Institution Citation Walabyeki, J., Adamson, J., Buckley, H. L., Sinclair, H., Atkin, K., Graham, H., …Macleod, U. (2017). Experience of, awareness of and help-seeking for potential cancer symptoms in smokers and non-smokers: a cross-sectional study. PloS one, 12(8), e0183647. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0183647
DOI https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0183647
Keywords General biochemistry; Genetics and molecular biology; General agricultural and biological sciences; General medicine
Publisher URL http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0183647
Copyright Statement ©2017 Walabyeki et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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Copyright Statement
©2017 Walabyeki et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.




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