Introduction to study

Thank you for your interest in this study. The survey consists of two sections.

Section 1 examines health behaviours in relation to cancer prevention. There are a series of questions concerning skin, HPV related, lung and liver cancers.  Some questions are tick the box and others require your comments.  Questions marked with an asterix (*) require an answer.

Section 2 explores the background of participants with some general profiling questions, please tick the appropriate box.
Please read the Participant Information Sheet (below) prior to commencing questionnaire.  Completion of the questionnaire will be accepted as consent for study participation. Participation in the study can be withdrawn at any stage by ending the survey.

Participant Information Sheet

Research Title: “Prevention is better than cure”, a quantitative study exploring undergraduate university students’ knowledge, perceived importance and self-efficacy of cancer prevention behaviours.

Researcher: Martina Sweeney

You are invited to participate in a research study I am currently undertaking as part of a Masters in Health Science (Oncology Nursing). Please take the time to read this participant information sheet before deciding whether to partake in the study and feel free to contact me if there is anything that appears unclear or if you would like more information.

What is the purpose of the study? University is commonly regarded as a period where lifestyle habits are formed and developed. Studies have shown that some behaviours adopted during university age have been associated with later onset of cancer.  The risk of developing certain cancers can be reduced through primary prevention. The purpose of this study is to explore undergraduate student’s understanding of cancer prevention behaviors. The study also aims to examine how individuals rate the importance of cancer prevention behaviours. Self-efficacy refers to the level of confidence to partake in cancer prevention behaviours, this concept will also be examined.  

Why have I been invited? You have been invited to participate as you are an undergraduate student attending university.

Do I have to take part? Your involvement is voluntary, and you have the right to withdraw your participation.  The survey is anonymous, and the researcher will ensure that privacy and confidentiality will be protected in regards data collected. The results will be presented as group data and therefore not possible to connect to any individual. Please be advised that the only people who will have access to the data will be the researcher and if necessary, my supervisor.

What will taking part involve for me?
An online survey with questions regarding:
·       knowledge of skin, lung, liver and HPV related cancers.
·       views regarding cancer prevention behaviours.
·       actual cancer prevention behaviours undertaken.

The researcher acknowledges that this is a sensitive topic and thinking or reading about it may cause some distress. Further supports are available:

Irish Cancer Society     Phone: 1800 200700     Email:                                                                 
NUIG Student Health Service     Phone: 353 91 492604 or 091 493758     Email:

If you would like further information about this project or if you have any concerns, please contact me by email. 

Kind regards,

Martina Sweeney -

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* I agree to participate in this survey.