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POPULATION AWARENESS OF COLORECTAL CARCINOMAS (CRC) INCLUDING ITS SURGICAL ANAGEMENT IN RIYADH REGION, SAUDI ARABIA

Abdulrahman Al Farag*, Fahad Alanzi, Turki Aljohani and Elsadig Yousif Mohammed

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Background: Colorectal carcinomas (CRC) are the second most common cancer in Saudi Arabia, ranking first among men and third among women. It has been estimated that about half of colorectal cancer cases are due to lifestyle factors and about a quarter of all cases are preventable. Increasing surveillance, engaging in physical activity, consuming a diet high in fiber and reducing smoking and alcohol consumption decrease their risk. Objective Our aim was to study the level of awareness of people about colorectal carcinomas in Riyadh region, Saudi Arabia. Methodology: The design of this study was institutional-based descriptive study. The sample comprised 384 patients. Data were collected by pre-tested questionnaire and analyzed by SPSS. Results: The results showed that awareness level is low with (63.50%) of the respondents had low awareness about colorectal cancer, while the awareness of (34.70%) of respondents’ was average. Only (1.80%) of the respondents had a high level of awareness of colorectal cancer. Conclusion: We concluded that the awareness of colorectal carcinoma in Saudi Arabia is low. Efforts were needed to bridge people’s knowledge towards colorectal cancer.

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