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Table 4 Association between perceived susceptibility of colorectal cancer and demographic variables (n = 305)

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

Characteristics Perceived higher chance of having colorectal cancer Perceived lower chance of having colorectal cancer OR 95% CI P-value
  N (%) N (%)    
Gender      
Male 45 (24.3) 140 (75.7) 1.8 1.0-3.3 0.045
Female 18 (15.0) 102 (85.0) 1   
Age      
≤ 30 years 17 (13.6) 108 (86.4) 1   
> 30 years 46 (25.6) 134 (74.4) 2.2 1.2-4.0 0.011
Race*      
Malay 30 (16.2) 155 (83.8) 0.3 0.2-0.6 0.001
Indian 6 (13.0) 40 (87.0) 0.3 0.1-0.7 0.007
Chinese 27 (36.5) 47 (63.5) 1   
Residency*      
Urban 29 (27.6) 76 (72.4) 1   
Semi-urban 17 (17.0) 83 (83.0) 0.5 0.3-1.1 0.071
Rural 17 (17.0) 83 (83.0) 0.5 0.3-1.1 0.071
Marital status      
Married 42 (23.9) 134 (76.1) 1.6 0.9-2.9 0.106
Unmarried 21 (16.3) 108 (83.7) 1   
Education level      
High school or less 30 (47.6) 124 (51.2) 1   
College/University 33 (52.4) 118 (48.8) 1.2 0.7-2.0 0.609
Occupation      
Employed 57 (20.4) 222 (79.6) 1   
Unemployed 6 (23.1) 20 (76.9) 1.2 0.4-3.0 0.750
Family income (MYR)*      
< 3000 33 (18.5) 145 (81.5) 1   
3000-5000 21 (24.7) 64 (75.3) 1.4 0.8-2.7 0.248
> 5000 9 (21.4) 33 (78.6) 1.2 0.5-2.7 0.669
Family history of any cancer      
Yes 53 (19.4) 220 (80.6) 1   
No 10 (31.2) 22 (68.8) 1.9 0.8-4.2 0.122
Family history of colorectal cancer      
Yes 11 (42.3) 15 (57.7) 3.2 1.4-7.4 0.004
No 52 (18.6) 227 (81.4) 1   
  1. * Simple logistic regression was used to obtain the OR.