health literacy


A person’s ability to find, understand, evaluate, use and communicate health-related information.

For example, health literacy includes a healthcare professional’s ability to communicate health-related information, as well as a person’s ability to read nutrition labels, interpret prescriptions and follow self-care instructions.

Medical disclaimer

The information that the Canadian Cancer Society provides does not replace your relationship with your doctor. The information is for your general use, so be sure to talk to a qualified healthcare professional before making medical decisions or if you have questions about your health.

We do our best to make sure that the information we provide is accurate and reliable but cannot guarantee that it is error-free or complete.

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