Changing college students' lifestyles in favor of cancer prevention: A case study

Moon S Chen, J. P. Minton, B. Adams

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This article discribes a case study in the examination of cancer risk reduction behavioral strategies chosen by 272 college students enrolled in the 1987 'How to Avoid Dying from Cancer . . . Now and Later' course. The four most commonly selected cancers chosen by these students - breast, colon/colorectal, skin, and lung cancer - and the corresponding self-reported success of the various strategies are reported. The three most successful strategies were breast self-examination, use of sunscreen lotions, and increased awareness of breast cancer. We concluded that the potential of using behavioral self-contracts to induce lifestyle change in favor of cancer prevention is both cost-effective and practical.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)49-54
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Cancer Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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