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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 77

Readability of colorectal cancer online information: A brief report

1 Department of Public Health, William Paterson University, Wayne, USA
2 Department of Health Sciences, Lehman College, Bronx, USA
3 Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, USA
4 Department of Health and Behavior Studies, Teachers College, Columbia University, NY, USA

Correspondence Address:
Danna Ethan
Lehman College, CUNY, 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, Gillet Hall, Rm. 431, Bronx, NY 10956
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijpvm.IJPVM_95_18

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Purpose: Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the third leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States. A decline in deaths caused by CRC has been largely attributable to screening and prompt treatment. Motivation, shown to influence cancer-related screening and treatment decisions, can be shaped by information from the Internet. The extent to which this information is easily readable on cancer-related websites is not known. The purpose of this study was to assess the readability levels of CRC information on 100 websites. Methods: Using methods from a prior study, the keyword, “colorectal cancer,” was searched on a cleared Internet browser. Scores for each website (n = 100) were generated using five commonly recommended readability tests. Results: All five tests demonstrated difficult readability for the majority of the websites. Conclusions: Online information related to CRC is difficult to read and highlights the need for developing cancer-related online material that is understandable to a wider audience.

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