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Table 5 Attitudes/perceptions towards bowel cancer and FOBT screening

From: Colorectal cancer screening knowledge, attitudes and behavioural intention among Indigenous Western Australians

Survey Item (n) %
Perceived susceptibility
Think they are at risk of bowel cancer (n = 91)
No/don’t know (62) 68.0
Yes (29) 32.0
Worried or concerned about getting bowel cancer in the future (n = 91)
No/don’t know (40) 44.0
Yes (51) 56.0
Chance of getting bowel cancer in the future (n = 92)
Very low-low (28) 30.4
Medium (20) 21.7
High-very high (13) 14.1
Don’t know/unsure (31) 33.7
Perceived self-efficacy
How confident do you feel in your ability to do the FOBT test? (n = 92)
Not confident at all (13) 14.1
Not very confident (16) 17.4
Somewhat confident (14) 15.2
Confident (32) 34.8
Very confident (17) 18.5
Fatalistic attitude
Getting cancer is like being sentenced to death (n = 92)
Disagree (40) 43.5
Agree (39) 42.4
Don’t know/unsure (12) 13.0
There is nothing you can do to stop yourself getting bowel cancer (n = 91)
Disagree (42) 46.2
Agree (32) 35.2
Don’t know/unsure (17) 18.7
Perceived severity
Do you think bowel cancer can be cured if found early? (n = 92)
No/don’t know (17) 18.5
Yes (75) 81.5
If you had bowel cancer your whole life would change (n = 90)
Disagree (12) 13.3
Agree (69) 76.7
Don’t know/unsure (9) 10.0
The thought of bowel cancer scares you (n = 91)
Disagree (7) 7.7
Agree (76) 83.5
Don’t know/unsure (8) 8.8
Shame
You would feel ashamed if you found out you had bowel cancer (n = 91)
Disagree (54) 59.3
Agree (22) 24.2
Don’t know/unsure (15) 16.5
  1. FOBT- faecal occult blood test.
  2. ^Percentage calculated from valid responses indicated in parentheses adjacent to survey item.
  3. Agree represents % of respondents who answered strongly agree or agree to survey item.
  4. Disagree represents % of respondents who answered strongly disagree or disagree to survey item.