Texting proves beneficial in cervical cancer screening efforts

Text messaging can boost knowledge of cervical cancer and be a successful approach in increasing the number of Korean women undertaking a Pap test, according to a new study from the School of Social Work and University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center, College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota.

The study reveals that text messaging is an effective and feasible intervention approach for increasing knowledge and cancer screening activity. A seven-day program resulted in 23 percent of participants receiving a Pap test, an 83 percent user satisfaction rate and 97 percent of patients stating they would recommend such a program to friends. The research focused on Korean-American women as the population has the lowest Pap test screening rates across U.S. ethnic groups, notes the study published in the Journal of Medical Internet ResearchArticle