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Knowledge, attitude, and perceived barriers regarding cancer screening in Saudi Arabia

Waqar Ali Farooqi, Mohammed Ibrahim Alayed, Fatimah Yousef Alkhuraisi, Zainab Abdulilah Alsinan, Hussain Adil Alghadeer, Muteb Abdullah Aldajam.

Abstract
Introduction: Different types of cancer considered a major health issue worldwide that lead to a burden on the country and individuals. Each year 800 patients per million diagnosed with cancer. The most common type of cancer in Saudi Arabia is breast followed by colorectal. Screening test playing a major role in reducing morbidity and mortality as well as early detection can improve the quality of life of the patient. Rising awareness among the general population is curtailed for early detection.
Aim: To determine the level of knowledge, attitude, and perceived barriers regarding cancer screening in Saudi Arabia.
Materials and methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted among the general population of Saudi Arabia from August 19 to August 30, 2020. The data were collected by using an online self-administered questionnaire translated into Arabic were distributed among the public. The questionnaire was focused on socio-demographic data, knowledge, attitude, and barriers regarding cancer screening. Data were analyzed through the Statistical Package for Software Sciences (SPSS) version 21 Armonk, New York, IBM Corporation, and the results were considered statistically significant if P<0.05.
Results: A total of 3241 participants completed the survey. 86.3% of respondents had poor knowledge regarding cancer screening, while who undergone a cancer screening test for early detection is 14.9%. The most frequently mentioned barrier to cancer screening was having no obstacle (42%) and fear of screening results (26.6%). The prevalence of patients who had cancer was 7.3%. Age group in years, gender, residence region, educational level, monthly income and diagnosis with cancer significantly influenced both knowledge and attitude (All P<0.05).
Conclusion: This study showed most of the population demonstrated poor knowledge and attitude toward cancer screening tests. More campaigns needed for rising awareness and attitude of the general population toward screening tests.

Key words: Cancer screening, Knowledge, Attitude, Barriers


 
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Farooqi WA, Alayed MI, Alkhuraisi FY, Alsinan ZA, Alghadeer HA, Aldajam MA. Knowledge, attitude, and perceived barriers regarding cancer screening in Saudi Arabia. Int J Surg Med. 2021; 7(2): 34-44. doi:10.5455/ijsm.cancer-screening-Saudi-Arabia-2021


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Farooqi WA, Alayed MI, Alkhuraisi FY, Alsinan ZA, Alghadeer HA, Aldajam MA. Knowledge, attitude, and perceived barriers regarding cancer screening in Saudi Arabia. http://www.ejos.org/?mno=23879 [Access: May 19, 2021]. doi:10.5455/ijsm.cancer-screening-Saudi-Arabia-2021


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Farooqi WA, Alayed MI, Alkhuraisi FY, Alsinan ZA, Alghadeer HA, Aldajam MA. Knowledge, attitude, and perceived barriers regarding cancer screening in Saudi Arabia. Int J Surg Med. 2021; 7(2): 34-44. doi:10.5455/ijsm.cancer-screening-Saudi-Arabia-2021



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Farooqi WA, Alayed MI, Alkhuraisi FY, Alsinan ZA, Alghadeer HA, Aldajam MA. Knowledge, attitude, and perceived barriers regarding cancer screening in Saudi Arabia. Int J Surg Med. (2021), [cited May 19, 2021]; 7(2): 34-44. doi:10.5455/ijsm.cancer-screening-Saudi-Arabia-2021



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Farooqi, W. A., Alayed, . M. I., Alkhuraisi, . F. Y., Alsinan, . Z. A., Alghadeer, . H. A. & Aldajam, . M. A. (2021) Knowledge, attitude, and perceived barriers regarding cancer screening in Saudi Arabia. Int J Surg Med, 7 (2), 34-44. doi:10.5455/ijsm.cancer-screening-Saudi-Arabia-2021



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Farooqi, Waqar Ali, Mohammed Ibrahim Alayed, Fatimah Yousef Alkhuraisi, Zainab Abdulilah Alsinan, Hussain Adil Alghadeer, and Muteb Abdullah Aldajam. 2021. Knowledge, attitude, and perceived barriers regarding cancer screening in Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Surgery and Medicine, 7 (2), 34-44. doi:10.5455/ijsm.cancer-screening-Saudi-Arabia-2021



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Farooqi, Waqar Ali, Mohammed Ibrahim Alayed, Fatimah Yousef Alkhuraisi, Zainab Abdulilah Alsinan, Hussain Adil Alghadeer, and Muteb Abdullah Aldajam. "Knowledge, attitude, and perceived barriers regarding cancer screening in Saudi Arabia." International Journal of Surgery and Medicine 7 (2021), 34-44. doi:10.5455/ijsm.cancer-screening-Saudi-Arabia-2021



MLA (The Modern Language Association) Style

Farooqi, Waqar Ali, Mohammed Ibrahim Alayed, Fatimah Yousef Alkhuraisi, Zainab Abdulilah Alsinan, Hussain Adil Alghadeer, and Muteb Abdullah Aldajam. "Knowledge, attitude, and perceived barriers regarding cancer screening in Saudi Arabia." International Journal of Surgery and Medicine 7.2 (2021), 34-44. Print. doi:10.5455/ijsm.cancer-screening-Saudi-Arabia-2021



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Farooqi, W. A., Alayed, . M. I., Alkhuraisi, . F. Y., Alsinan, . Z. A., Alghadeer, . H. A. & Aldajam, . M. A. (2021) Knowledge, attitude, and perceived barriers regarding cancer screening in Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Surgery and Medicine, 7 (2), 34-44. doi:10.5455/ijsm.cancer-screening-Saudi-Arabia-2021