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Public awareness of bowel cancer risk factors, symptoms and screening in Tasmania, Australia: a cross-sectional study

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Lee, SM ORCID: 0000-0002-1385-0755, Versace, VL and Obamiro, K ORCID: 0000-0002-0265-1953 2022 , 'Public awareness of bowel cancer risk factors, symptoms and screening in Tasmania, Australia: a cross-sectional study' , International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol. 19, no. 3 , pp. 1-11 , doi: 10.3390/ijerph19031497.

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Abstract

Tasmania has one of the highest bowel cancer incidence and death rates in the world. Public awareness of risk factors, symptoms, and early detection of bowel cancer is important for minimising the burden of disease. This study measured awareness levels of bowel cancer risk factors, symptoms and screening in Tasmania. An online survey of 3703 participants aged 18 years and older found that alcohol consumption, low physical activity levels, and having diabetes were the least known risk factors for bowel cancer. Over half of all participants were unaware the risk of bowel cancer increased with age, and 53 percent were not confident they would notice a bowel cancer symptom. Over a third of survey respondents did not know that screening commenced at the age of 50. The results indicate that a targeted campaign to increase bowel cancer awareness in Tasmania may help reduce the high rates of morbidity and mortality from the disease.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Lee, SM and Versace, VL and Obamiro, K
Keywords: bowel cancer, colorectal cancer, risk factors, symptoms, awareness, screening
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Publisher: MDPIAG
ISSN: 1660-4601
DOI / ID Number: 10.3390/ijerph19031497
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