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Table 3 Risk factors mentioned in articles about breast, prostate, colorectal and lung cancer

From: Mass media and risk factors for cancer: the under-representation of age

Risk factor Cancer site
Breast (n = 514) Prostate (n = 162) Lung (n = 63) Colorectal (n = 61)
Mentioned Discussed Mentioned Discussed Mentioned Discussed Mentioned Discussed
  n % n % N % n % n % n % n % n %
Diet 57 11.1 29 5.6 11 6.8 7 4.3 0 0 0 0 17 27.9 1 1.6
Age 59 11.5 12 1.5 23 14.2 6 3.7 1 1.6 1 1.6 14 23 1 1.6
Genes and/or family history 88 17.1 41 8 15 9.3 10 6.2 4 6.3 2 3.2 5 8.2 5 8.2
Smoking 17 3.3 4 0.5 2 1.2 0 0 24 38.1 11 17.5 5 8.2 0 0
Alcohol 34 6.6 15 2.9 3 1.9 0 0 1 1.6 0 0 9 14.8 0 0
Environment 11 2.1 1 0.2 2 1.2 0 0 8 12.7 5 7.9 0 0 0 0