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Table 3 Bivariate analysis of factors associated (p < 0.1) with being reluctant to perform a FOBT for colorectal cancer early diagnosis

From: Knowledge and attitudes of primary healthcare patients regarding population-based screening for colorectal cancer

Variables Categories Reluctant (%) Would support (%) p
Job situation Active   7.5 92.5 0.019
  Not active   13.6 86.4  
Educational level < Elementary school   16.8 83.2 0.082
  Elementary school   10.4 89.6  
  High school   5.5 94.5  
  Bachelor's degree   14.3 85.7  
There are many types of cancer True   10.3 89.7 0.044
  False + don't know   22.9 77.1  
Cancer is a fatal disease True + don't know   14.2 85.8 0.080
  False   9.5 90.5  
Many cancer cases could be avoided by doing more exercise True   5.1 94.9 0.000
  False + don't know   15.9 84.1  
Many cancer cases could be avoided by giving up smoking True   10.0 90.0 0.013
  False + don't know   22.9 77.1  
Many cancer cases could be avoided by eating more fruits and vegetables True   9.0 91.0 0.012
  False + don't know   16.2 83.8  
Cancer diagnosis before symptoms can improve survival True   9.0 91.0 0.000
  False + don't know   26.8 73.2  
Intestinal polyps must be removed, because they can become cancer True   8.4 91.6 0.010
  False + don't know   15.3 84.7  
Any screening test done for cancer prevention Yes   8.6 91.4 0.014
  No   15.5 84.5  
PSA test done for cancer prevention Yes   5.2 94.8 0.051
  No   12.2 87.8  
FOBT done for cancer prevention Yes   1.8 98.2 0.014
  No   12.1 87.9  
Which of the following symptoms indicate a colorectal cancer Bloody stools Yes 8.4 91.6 0.001
   No 18.2 81.8  
  Diarrhea-Constipation Yes   7.4 92.6 0.010
   No 14.0 86.0  
  Abdominal pain Yes 6.1 93.9 0.034
   No 12.7 87.3  
  Fatigue Yes 7.6 92.4 0.035
   No 13.3 86.7  
  Weight loss Yes 8.9 91.1 0.055
   No 13.9 86.1  
  Burning stomach Yes 5.1 94.9 0.036
   No 12.2 87.8  
  Tenesmus Yes 3.6 96.4 0.001
   No 13.3 86.7  
  Pain during defecation Yes 5.3 94.7 0.000
   No 14.5 85.5  
  I don't know Yes 18.6 81.4 0.004
   No 9.1 90.9  
In case FOBT were + and a colonoscopy were recommended, would you accept to undergo it? Yes   5.2 94.8 0.000
  No + I doubt   44.6 55.4