Non-medical university students are not more knowledgeable than general population concerning serious diseases

Yasir B. Elshambaty, Mohamed D. Gismalla, Ahmed S. Alomari, Abdulkareem A. Alghamdi, Abdulelah F. Almalki, Ahmad S. Alzahrani


Background: The aim of this study was to know the level of awareness of non-medical university students of risk factors and symptoms of colorectal cancer.

Methods: This is a cross-sectional study conducted at Al Baha University among non-medical students between 1st of May and 30th of June 2017.

Results: The study comprised (n=463) students. Smoking and sedentary life as risk factors to CRC was known by (55.3%) and (51.0%) respectively. less than half (42%) knew that alcohol is a risk factor. The vast majority of our students (68.7%) had known that fruits and vegetables can decrease the incidence of CRC. The symptoms of CRC that more recognized by participants were abdominal pain (43.2%) and bleeding per rectum(45.5%).

Conclusions: We concluded that the overall knowledge of non-medical University students concerning the awareness of risk factors and symptomatology of colorectal cancer is poor and nearly similar to general population knowledge concerning this problem.


Colorectal cancer, Non-medical, Awareness

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