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Table 3 Perception of colorectal cancer and screening among respondents (n = 305)

From: Exploration of risk taking behaviors and perceived susceptibility of colorectal cancer among Malaysian adults: a community based cross-sectional study

Statement Agree Disagree
  N (%) N (%)
Perceived susceptibility   
My chance of getting colorectal cancer is great 63 (20.7) 242 (79.3)
Perceived severity   
Colorectal cancer may be serious if it is found late 231 (75.7) 74 (24.3)
Perceived benefits   
If I have colorectal cancer, I will have a good chance of survival if the cancer is found early 204 (66.9) 101 (33.1)
Perceived barriers   
Reasons for not getting FOBT   
Procrastination 113 (37.0) 192 (63.0)
Didn’t know I should have it 120 (39.3) 185 (60.7)
Do not think it’s necessary 71 (23.3) 234 (76.7)
Not recommended by my doctor 169 (55.4) 136 (44.6)
Too embarrassing 55 (18.0) 250 (82.0)
I don’t have health problems 127 (41.6) 178 (58.4)
Concerns about FOBT   
Worried that FOBT is messy 75 (24.6) 230 (75.4)
Worried that FOBT is inconvenient 95 (31.1) 210 (68.9)
Reasons for not getting FlexibleSigmoidoscopy   
Procrastination 115 (37.7) 190 (62.3)
I don’t know I should have it 118 (38.7) 187 (61.3)
I don’t think it’s necessary 87 (28.5) 218 (71.5)
It was not recommended by my doctor 153 (50.2) 152 (49.8)
I have no symptoms 132 (43.3) 173 (56.7)
It is painful 82 (26.9) 223 (73.1)
Concerns about Flexible Sigmoidoscopy   
Worried that Flexible Sigmoidoscopy is embarrassing 96 (31.5) 209 (68.5)
Worried that Flexible Sigmoidoscopy is painful 91 (29.8) 214 (70.2)
Perceived barriers to CRC screening   
Fear of discovering cancer 68 (22.3) 237 (77.7)