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Title: Public knowledge, beliefs and practices in Greece about cancer etiology and prevention
Authors: Charalabopoulos, K.
Makris, G.
Charalabopoulos, A.
Golias, C.
Athanasiou, K.
Issue Date: 2011
Language: English
Abstract: This questionnaire survey of the parents of elementary schoolchildren in Greece assessed their self-reported knowledge, attitudes and practices towards smoking, diet and exposure to X-radiation. A random sample of 403 household units [379 fathers and 391 mothers] was selected from urban areas of Thessaloniki. Half of the parents who smoked [50.1%] did not ask for permission to smoke from other people and 66.0% regularly smoked in front of their children. On the other hand, 82.6% of smokers recognized the existence of a health risk to children from passive smoking. Parents overestimated the role of nuclear tests and accidents as factors in carcinogenesis. Two-thirds of parents did not know the beneficial role of the Mediterranean diet to health, and dietary intake analysis showed some departure from the traditional Mediterranean diet. A reconsideration of the policy regarding health education programmes concerning cancer prevention in Greece is needed
Description: 392-397
Keywords: Neoplasms
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Subject: Neoplasms
ISSN: 1020-3397
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