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Table 1 Characteristics of study participants

From: Awareness of colorectal cancer signs and symptoms: a national cross-sectional study from Palestine

Characteristic Total
(n = 4623)
Gaza Strip
(n = 1923)
WBJ
(n = 2700)
p-value
Age, median [IQR] 31.0 [24.0, 43.0] 30.0 [24.0, 40.0] 32.0 [(24.0, 44.0])  < 0.001
Age group, n (%)
  18 to 44 3608 (78.0) 1579 (82.1) 2029 (75.1)  < 0.001
  45 or older 1015 (22.0) 344 (17.9) 671 (24.9)  
Gender, n (%)
  Female 2744 (59.4) 1213 (63.1) 1531 (56.7)  < 0.001
  Male 1879 (40.6) 710 (36.9) 1169 (43.3)  
Educational level, n (%)
  Illiterate 65 (1.4) 24 (1.2) 41 (1.5)  < 0.001
  Primary 202 (4.4) 72 (3.7) 130 (4.8)  
  Preparatory 529 (11.4) 226 (11.8) 303 (11.2)  
  Secondary 1421 (30.7) 624 (32.4) 797 (29.5)  
  Diploma 460 (10.0) 252 (13.1) 208 (7.7)  
  Bachelor 1808 (39.1) 683 (35.5) 1125 (41.7)  
  Postgraduate 138 (3.0) 42 (2.3) 96 (3.6)  
Occupation, n (%)
  Unemployed 2067 (44.7) 1112 (57.8) 955 (35.4)  < 0.001
  Employed 1898 (41.1) 563 (29.3) 1335 (49.4)  
  Retired 96 (2.1) 29 (1.5) 67 (2.5)  
  Student 562 (12.1) 219 (11.4) 343 (12.7)  
Monthly income ≥ 1450 NIS, n (%) 3039 (65.7) 559 (29.1) 2480 (91.9)  < 0.001
Having a chronic disease, n (%) 906 (19.6) 314 (16.3) 592 (21.9)  < 0.001
Following a vegetarian diet, n (%) 560 (12.1) 386 (20.1) 174 (6.4)  < 0.001
Knowing someone with cancer, n (%) 2395 (51.8) 1007 (52.4) 1388 (51.4) 0.52
Marital status, n (%)
  Single 1414 (30.6) 548 (28.5) 866 (32.1)  < 0.001
  Married 3067 (66.3) 1316 (68.4) 1751 (64.9)  
  Divorced 45 (1.0) 28 (1.5) 17 (0.6)  
  Widowed 97 (2.1) 31 (1.6) 66 (2.4)  
Site of data collection
  Public spaces, n (%) 1450 (31.4) 491 (25.5) 959 (35.5)  < 0.001
  Hospitals, n (%) 1659 (35.9) 690 (35.9) 969 (35.9)  
  Primary healthcare centers, n (%) 1514 (32.7) 742 (38.6) 772 (28.6)  
  1. n number of participants, IQR interquartile range, WBJ West Bank and Jerusalem