College students' perceived disease risk versus actual prevalence rates.
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OBJECTIVE: To compare college students' perceived disease risk with disease prevalence rates. METHODS: Data were analyzed from 625 college students collected with an Internet-based survey. Paired t-tests were used to separately compare participants' perceived 10-year and lifetime disease risk for 4 diseases: heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and overweight/obesity. RESULTS: Respondents estimated their risk of developing heart disease as lower than cancer, yet rated their risk of developing heart disease as higher than diabetes and being overweight/obese. CONCLUSION: Incongruence between college students' perceived disease risk and disease prevalence rates calls for improved public health education.
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Smith, M. L., Dickerson, J. B., Sosa, E. T., J McKyer, E. L., & Ory, M. G.
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Smith, Matthew Lee||Dickerson, Justin B||Sosa, Erica T||J McKyer, E Lisako||Ory, Marcia G