Internet users are less fatalistic about cancer prevention

Wednesday, January 02, 2013 by: David Gutierrez, staff writer
Tags: internet users, cancer prevention, information

eTrust Pro Certified

Most Viewed Articles
Popular on Facebook
BACK INTO THE CLOSET: Why U.S. reporters are not allowed to write about rainbow events in nations where being gay is still condemned
Depopulation test run? 75% of children who received vaccines in Mexican town now dead or hospitalized
A family destroyed: Six-month-old dies after clinic injects baby with 13 vaccines at once without mother's informed consent
INVESTIGATION: Three days before Dr. Bradstreet was found dead in a river, U.S. govt. agents raided his research facility to seize a breakthrough cancer treatment called GcMAF
BAM! Chipotle goes 100% non-GMO; flatly rejecting the biotech industry and its toxic food ingredients
BOMBSHELL: China and America already at war: Tianjin explosion carried out by Pentagon space weapon in retaliation for Yuan currency devaluation... Military helicopters now patrolling Beijing
ECONOMIC SLAVERY FOR ALL: While we were distracted with the Confederate flag flap, Congress quietly forfeited our entire economic future via fast-track trade authority
March Against Monsanto explodes globally... World citizens stage massive protests across 38 countries, 428 cities... mainstream media pretends it never happened
GMO crops totally banned in Russia... powerful nation blocks Monsanto's agricultural imperialism and mass poisoning of the population
SCOTUS same-sex marriage decision may have just legalized the concealed carry of loaded firearms across all 50 states, nullifying gun laws everywhere
Nearly every mass shooting in the last 20 years shares one surprising thing? and it's not guns
Vicious attack on Dr. Oz actually waged by biotech mafia; plot to destroy Oz launched after episode on glyphosate toxicity went viral
Holistic cancer treatment pioneer Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez dies suddenly; patients mourn the loss of a compassionate, innovative doctor who helped thousands heal from cancer
Pepsi drops aspartame from diet soda as consumers reject toxic sweetener
Bride of Frankenfood: Hillary Clinton pushes GMO agenda... hires Monsanto lobbyist... takes huge dollars from Monsanto
Wild eyes and bowl cuts: Why do mass shooters always share the same hair styles and crazed zombie stares?
Mind control through emotional domination: How we're all being manipulated by the "crisis of the NOW"
Genetically white woman now claims self-identify as black: If you can choose your gender, can you also choose your race? What about your species? Can a human claim to be a llama?
(NaturalNews) People who get health information from the Internet are significantly more likely to feel like their choices can affect their risk of acquiring cancer, according to a study conducted by researchers from Cornell University, the University of Pennsylvania, and published in the Journal of Communication.

A fatalistic attitude about cancer prevention is widespread in U.S. society, with many believing that only fate or luck determine who gets cancer and who doesn't. This fatalism can lead people to neglect proven cancer-prevention strategies, and to make poor health choices if they do receive a cancer diagnosis

"Reducing cancer fatalism, especially among people with low socioeconomic status, is arguably one of the most important public health goals in the nation," researcher Chul-joo Lee said.

"Studying the effect of Internet use on cancer fatalism is important, considering that the Internet has become a new, very crucial source of health information for the American public these days."

Prior studies have shown that people who view local television programming become increasingly fatalistic in their cancer outlooks over time, but no comparable studies had been conducted on Internet use. In order to determine whether Internet use was related to cancer fatalism, the researchers conducted a nationally representative survey of 2,489 US adults between the ages of 40 and 70. Internet use and attitudes about cancer were monitored over the course of a year, and the findings were adjusted for age, census religion, education, ethnicity and gender.

Greatest benefit for the poor and less-educated

The researchers found that people who regularly get health or medical information from the Internet are significantly less likely to hold fatalistic attitudes about cancer prevention and diagnosis than people who do not use the Internet in that way. Strikingly, this effect was only seen "among those with average and lower than the average levels of education and health knowledge." The effects were strongest in the poor and in people with less education and health knowledge.

"These findings have important implications since we showed that the Internet may be a very effective channel of health communication especially for people with low socioeconomic status," the researchers wrote.

The findings may help guide public-health efforts to better inform people about cancer prevention, the researchers suggested.

"Given the importance of [the] public information environment in cancer control, it is theoretically and practically important to explore how people's media use to acquire health information influences their beliefs about cancer prevention," they wrote.

Health outcomes affected

People's attitude about cancer prevention and diagnosis can have serious health consequences. For example, a 2010 study published in the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine found that Latina women who hold fatalistic attitudes about cancer or illness are significantly less likely to get screened for cervical, breast and colorectal cancer. This was true even after researchers controlled for the effect of poverty or limited access to healthcare.

Latina women have the lowest cancer screening rates in the country and are also among the most likely to believe that cancer cannot be prevented or treated.


Follow real-time breaking news headlines on
Internet users at
Join over four million monthly readers. Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time.
comments powered by Disqus
Take Action: Support by linking back to this article from your website

Permalink to this article:

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):

Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use OK, cite with clickable link.

Follow Natural News on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest

Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...


Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source:

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.