Reducing the cancer burden of lifestyle factors: Opportunities and challenges of the internet

Amanda L. Graham, David B. Abrams

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This paper focuses on the Internet as a tool for enhancing behavior and lifestyle changes to reduce the burden of cancer at a population level. The premise of this paper is that the Internet can and should be leveraged to bridge the chasm between basic science, clinical trials, and public health. Our focus is specifically on the opportunity to disseminate effective behavioral science interventions via the Internet in order to decrease the prevalence of behavioral risk factors for cancer. The examples herein are primarily drawn from tobacco use to illustrate issues that can be applied more generally to other behavioral risk factors for cancer. Four areas will be addressed: (1) the scientific basis and rationale for delivering lifestyle behavior change interventions via the Internet; (2) the need to determine the quality of Internet interventions; (3) methodological considerations in conducting evaluations of Internet interventions; and (4) recommendations for a transdisciplinary approach to Internet intervention development and evaluation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere26
JournalJournal of medical Internet research
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2005


  • Behavior
  • Cancer
  • Dissemination
  • Internet
  • Lifestyle interventions
  • Transdisciplinary

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics


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