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Awareness of the Adult Population Toward Colorectal…

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Awareness of the Adult Population Toward Colorectal…


Introduction Colon and rectal cancer are usually grouped together as they share similar features. They are the third most common cancer in the world and the second most common cancer in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). Awareness and preventive screening programs play a vital role in early diagnosis and improving the survival rate of such patients. This study aimed to assess the awareness and knowledge of colorectal cancer (CRC) among the adult population in the Qassim region of Saudi Arabia. Methods This is a cross-sectional study conducted among the adult population living in the Qassim region of Saudi Arabia. A self-administered questionnaire was disseminated among the adult population using WhatsApp and Twitter. The questionnaire contained demographic data and questions to assess the awareness, knowledge, and attitude regarding CRC risk factors and complications and the importance of screening. Results A total of 431 respondents were involved. The most common symptoms of colon cancer were abdominal pain and change in bowel habits. Risk factors associated with colon cancer were inflammatory bowel disease and fatty food. Colonoscopy was the most dominant choice for the detection of colon cancer. Conclusion The awareness of the adult population toward CRC was deficient. Better awareness can be predicted among individuals with better education. Addressing the gaps in awareness is vital to alleviate fears and misconceptions surrounding this disease.

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