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Table 1 Socio-demographic characteristics of respondents pre- and post-campaign

From: Change in public awareness of colorectal cancer symptoms following the Be Cancer Alert Campaign in the multi-ethnic population of Malaysia

 Pre n (%)
n = 954
Post n (%)
n = 730
Age
 40–49 years314 (33.0)227 (31.2)
 50–59 years346 (36.3)265 (36.4)
 60–69 years216 (22.7)177 (24.3)
 ≥ 70 years76 (8.0)59 (8.1)
Gender
 Males361 (37.8)255 (34.9)
 Females593 (62.2)475 (65.1)
Ethnicity
 Malay516 (54.1)410 (56.2)
 Chinese110 (11.5)73 (10.0)
 Indian264 (27.7)205 (28.1)
 Others64 (6.7)42 (5.8)
Religion
 Islam585 (61.4)460 (63.0)
 Christianity35 (3.7)25 (3.4)
 Buddhism95 (10.0)62 (8.5)
 Hinduism226 (23.7)175 (24.0)
 Others11 (1.2)8 (1.0)
Marital status
 Singlea167 (17.6)133 (18.2)
 Married783 (82.4)596 (81.8)
Educationb
 No formal education152 (16.0)124 (17.0)
 Primary190 (20.0)143 (19.6)
 Secondary485 (51.0)378 (51.9)
 Tertiary124 (13.0)83 (11.4)
Family incomec
 < RM 4000661 (81.8)512 (83.0)
 RM 4000-10,000117 (14.5)87 (14.1)
 > RM 10,00030 (3.7)18 (2.9)
CRC historyd
 No833 (87.3)633 (87.8)
 Yes112 (11.7)88 (12.2)
CRC screening history(in past 5 years)
 No862 (90.4)660 (90.4)
 Yes92 (9.6)70 (9.6)
  1. Missing variables (of participants who completed follow-up): Age (n = 2), Religion (n = 1) Marital status (n = 1), Education (n = 2), Family Income (n = 113), CRC history (n = 9)
  2. n Number, CRC Colorectal cancer, RM Malaysian Ringgit
  3. a Participants who are widowed, divorced and who never married
  4. b No formal education – includes never schooled/ never completed primary school; primary education – includes completed primary school; secondary education – includes completed form 3/ completed form 5/ certificate/ A-level/ STPM/ HSC; tertiary education – includes diploma/ bachelor degree/ post-graduate degree
  5. c Monthly income of all household family members combined
  6. d CRC history includes self/ family/ friends; those who answered ‘yes’ to CRC history and CRC screening were reported as CRC history only