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Table 4 Recognition of colorectal cancer signs/symptoms

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

Category of sign/symptom Sign/symptom Total
(n = 4623)
n (%)
Gaza Strip
(n = 1923)
n (%)
WBJ
(n = 2700)
n (%)
p-value
Signs/symptoms with a mass or blood Lump in the abdomen 3421 (74.0) 1505 (78.3) 1916 (71.0)  < 0.001
Blood in the stools 3119 (67.5) 1275 (66.3) 1844 (68.3) 0.15
Bleeding from back passage 2753 (59.6) 1220 (63.4) 1533 (56.8)  < 0.001
Signs/symptoms of a non-specific nature Unexplained weight loss 3297 (71.3) 1389 (72.2) 1908 (70.7) 0.25
Unexplained generalized fatigue 3225 (69.8) 1323 (68.8) 1902 (70.4) 0.23
Unexplained loss of appetite 2872 (62.1) 1232 (64.1) 1640 (60.7) 0.022
Anemia 2797 (60.5) 1121 (58.3) 1676 (62.1) 0.010
Other gastrointestinal signs/symptoms Feeling persistently full 2744 (59.4) 1102 (57.3) 1642 (60.8) 0.017
Change in bowel habits 2686 (58.1) 1013 (52.7) 1673 (62.0)  < 0.001
Persistent pain in the abdomen 2674 (57.8) 1042 (54.2) 1632 (60.4)  < 0.001
Bowel does not completely empty after using the lavatory 2404 (52.0) 906 (47.1) 1498 (55.5)  < 0.001
Pain in the back passage 2222 (42.1) 864 (44.9) 1358 (50.3)  < 0.001
  1. n number of participants, WBJ West Bank and Jerusalem