Public knowledge, beliefs and practices in Greece about cancer etiology and prevention (Journal article)

Charalabopoulos, K./ Makris, G./ Charalabopoulos, A./ Golias, C./ Athanasiou, K.

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.
Institution and School/Department of submitter: Πανεπιστήμιο Ιωαννίνων. Σχολή Επιστημών Υγείας. Τμήμα Ιατρικής
Keywords: Data Collection,Diet/*statistics & numerical data,Female,Greece/epidemiology,*Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice,Humans,Male,Neoplasms/*etiology/prevention & control,Questionnaires,Smoking/*epidemiology/psychology,X-Rays
ISSN: 1020-3397
Appears in Collections:Άρθρα σε επιστημονικά περιοδικά ( Ανοικτά)

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