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Table 3 Cancer symptom recognition at baseline and one month follow-up

From: Feasibility and acceptability of a cancer symptom awareness intervention for adults living in socioeconomically deprived communities

bCancer symptoms (answered: ‘yes’) Baseline descriptive statistic (n = 98) One month descriptive statistic (n = 82a)
n % n %
A cough that won’t go away 75 77 63 77
An unusual lump 93 95 73 891
A change in how your skin looks 89 91 72 88
A sore or ulcer in your mouth that will not heal 68 70 65 79
A change in your poo 77 79 67 82
Blood in your poo 92 94 76 93
Problems when peeing 49 50 55 662
Unexplained bleeding (e.g. blood in urine, rectal bleeding, vaginal bleeding during/after sex or in between periods) 83 85 72 88
Difficulty swallowing 63 64 59 72
Losing weight without trying to 85 87 66 81
Feeling bloated on most days 36 37 43 523
An unexplained change in your appetite 40 41 53 654
Feel tired most of the time 57 58 53 655
An unexplained pain that won’t go away 73 75 61 756
  1. aNs vary due to missing data for individual items in the cancer symptom recognition measure. Items where data were missing have been indicated (1,3,6 missing data for 2 participants, 2,4,5 missing data for 1 participant). One participant answered < 75% of the measure and was excluded from the analysis
  2. bWording of the symptoms reflect those used in the intervention