Public Health News Roundup: November 30
An appeal has been filed against a recent ruling and injunction blocking an FDA rule requiring tobacco companies to add graphic images to cigarette packages and advertising. Get more tobacco news.
A study by the Mailman School of Public Health and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has found that targeted messaging about the importance of colonoscopies increased screening by 20 percent among New Yorkers aged 50 and older. Even more significant, the targeted messaging eliminated disparities in screenings across several demographic populations including non-Hispanic blacks and Hispanics. The messaging included media campaigns on subways, ethnic radio stations, and at check cashing sites, as well as an outreach through the medical community. Study results were published recently in the Journal of Gastroenterology. Read more on prevention.
Although men have higher cancer mortality rates than women, they are less willing to be screened for cancer, according to a study by researchers at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla., and published online in the American Journal of Men’s Health. The study looked at the results of a telephone survey of close to 1,500 adults from New York City; Baltimore, Md. and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The researchers say that women may be more likely to be screened for cancer because there are more cancer awareness promotions in the media are aimed at women's breast cancer; there is a lack of government-sponsored men's cancer awareness campaigns; and studies show women visit their primary care doctors more often than men do. Read more cancer news.