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Study protocol of a randomized controlled trial to improve cancer prevention behaviors in adolescents and adults using a web-based intervention supplemented with SMS

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BMC Public Health
1471-2458
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Springer (Biomed Central Ltd.)
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  • Economics
  • Education

Abstract

1721093709918025 1..8 STUDY PROTOCOL Open Access Study protocol of a randomized controlled trial to improve cancer preven previous researches. Moreover, it aims to compare efficacy in two countries with different socio-economic levels to Lana et al. BMC Public Health 2013, 13:357 http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2458/13/357 Oviedo, Spain Full list of author information is available at the end of the article find out if these approaches are equally effective in countries with a lower income level. However, the vertiginous evolution of the Internet and mobile phones may make this tool less attractive for adolescents, who may prefer social networks and other mobile phone applications which are nowadays massively used by their peers. Trial registration: ISRCTN27988779 Keywords: Adolescent, Randomized controlled trial, Internet, Cellular phone, Health behavior, Behavior control/ methods, Health education, Prevention and control, Neoplasms/prevention and control, Models, Psychological * Correspondence: [email protected] 1University Institute of Oncology of Asturias, Central University Hospital of Asturias, C/Emilio Rodríguez Vigil s/n, 33006 Oviedo, Spain 2Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Oviedo, Avda. Julián Clavería s/n, 33006 adolescents and adults using a web-based intervention supplemented with SMS Alberto Lana1,2*, Maria Olivo del Valle1, Santiago López3, Goretti Faya-Ornia4 and Maria Luisa López1,2 Abstract Background: The overall number of cancer cases is increasing and, therefore, strengthening cancer prevention has become a priority. The institutions responsible for its control establish guidelines for primary prevention. These include recommendations, such as: not smoking, following a healthy diet, doing daily physical exercise or avoiding overweight. Adolescence is a period of adoption and/or consolidation of health behaviors, and both school- and family-based interventions have proven effec

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