International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)

International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)
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Research Paper | Medicine | Saudi Arabia | Volume 12 Issue 3, March 2023


Colorectal Cancer Screening: Current Knowledge and Practice among Primary Care Physicians in Al Ahsa, Saudi Arabia

Dr. Rasmah Al Harajin [2] | Dr. Sarah Alsubaie | Dr. Fatimah Alsenayin | Dr. Hamad Alsubaie


Abstract: In Saudi Arabia, the incidence of colorectal cancer (CRC) has increased in recent years, and the burden of cancer has grown on the healthcare system. Knowledge and practice of healthcare providers about screening for CRC help in the early identification of abnormal cells and early management, which leads to a good prognosis. The study aims to assess the current knowledge and practice of CRC screening among PCPs in Al Ahsa city, Saudi Arabia. A cross - sectional study was conducted from July 2022 to Aug 2022. Data were collected by a self - administered questionnaire, using a systematic random sampling method. The questionnaire consists of items about sociodemographic characteristics, the risk stratification of CRC, knowledge of CRC screening modalities, and the practice of CRC screening. In this study, 76.37% had an average knowledge score for the CRC screening technique, and 93.5% of the participant practiced the CRC screening technique with their patients. The most CRC screening technique used was fecal occult blood testing (FOBT) 97.7%followed bycolonoscopy97.4%and flexible sigmoidoscopy 93%. Physicians with high education levels and those most experienced were significantly more likely to practice CRC screening. The study found that most of the PCPs have good knowledge of CRC screening and they recommended it to their patients.


Keywords: colorectal cancer, screening, primary care physicians, Al Ahsa, KSA


Edition: Volume 12 Issue 3, March 2023,


Pages: 1593 - 1597


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