Text messaging interventions on cancer screening rates: a systematic review

The aim of this systematic review was to investigate the effect of text messaging on screening for breast, cervical, colorectal and lung cancers. Nine articles met the authors inclusion criterial. Text messaging was found to moderately increase screening rates for breast and cervical cancer. It may have a small effect on colorectal cancer screening. No relevant articles were found to assess its effect in lung cancer screening. Overall, implementation of text messaging for cancer screening may be an effective method to improve cancer screening rates but more research is needed to determine if this applies to all cancer screening tests at a population level.

 

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