Susan G. Komen
The Susan G. Komen organization addresses breast cancer on multiple fronts such as research, community health, global outreach, and public policy initiatives in order to make the biggest impact against this disease. Here you can find cancer resources, ways to donate, opportunities to get involved in their activities, message boards, downloadable fact sheets, discussion guides, translated materials, and community education toolkits.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The cancer prevention and control portion of the CDC’s website focuses on seven main categories: Kinds of Cancers, How to Prevent Cancer or Find it Early, Data and Statistics, Research, Promoting Cancer Prevention, Special Topics, and Resources to Share. Here you can find descriptions and frequently ask questions, screening information, Cancer Rates by race, ethnicity, and sex, as well as links to cancer research.
National Cancer Institute
This publication discusses Stages of Health Communication Process. (1) Planning and Strategy Development, (2) Developing and Pretesting Concepts, Messages, and Materials, (3) Implementing the Program, (4) Assessing Effectiveness and Making Refinements. The planning steps in this book can help make any communication program work, regardless of size, topic, geographic span, intended audience, or budget.
The National Institute of Health provides resources on a variety of health topics. With respect to Cancer, topics include, General Information for consumers and health professionals, Tips, Research Spotlights, Scientific Literature, Clinical Practice Guidelines, and resources in Spanish. NIH also has links to other sites including Medline Plus and the National Cancer Institute.
Massachusetts Health Promotion Clearinghouse
Resources include posters, brochures, booklets, and guides for cancer control. The Cancer Survivors Wellness Guide empowers patients to take control of their care and well-being through inspirational stories of cancer survivors. The Can we talk Cervical and Breast Cancer Screening posters and brochures encourage women to speak with their doctor about screening, HPV, Pap tests, and more. Additional resources are the Test Yourself for Colon Cancer at Home poster and brochure and the Guide to Colon Cancer Screening booklet. Some resources are available in Portuguese, Vietnamese, and Spanish.
American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society provides easy to read fliers and handouts that can be printed and distributed to cancer patients and caregivers with low health literacy or limited English proficiency. They offer quick information on a variety of cancer topics including: Cancer Pain, Chemo Brain, Distress, Diarrhea, Fatigue, Mouth Sores, Nausea and Vomiting, Skin Changes, Sleep Problems, When Cancer Comes Back, and Being a Caregiver. Information is available in Spanish and several other languages.
Journal of Health Communication, Authored by Dumenci et al
This study was designed to develop a psychometrically sound instrument designed to measure cancer health literacy along a continuum (CHLT-30), to develop another instrument designed to determine whether a patient has limited cancer health literacy (CHLT-6), and to estimate the prevalence of limited cancer health literacy. Overall, the results supported the conclusion that the CHLT-30 accurately measures cancer health literacy along a continuum and that the CHLT-6 efficiently identifies patients with limited cancer health literacy with high accuracy.