Irish Journal of Medical Science

, Volume 178, Issue 1, pp 7–12 | Cite as

Assessment of colorectal cancer knowledge and patient attitudes towards screening: is Ireland ready to embrace colon cancer screening?

  • G. C. Harewood
  • F. Murray
  • S. Patchett
  • L. Garcia
  • W. L. Leong
  • Y. T. Lim
  • S. Prabakaran
  • K. F. Yeen
  • J. O’Flynn
  • E. McNally
Original Article

Abstract

Introduction

The level of awareness among the Irish public regarding colorectal cancer (CRC) remains uncertain. This study aimed to characterise CRC knowledge levels among a cohort of Irish patients.

Methods

A survey evaluating CRC knowledge levels was distributed among outpatients at a gastroenterology clinic in a Dublin teaching hospital.

Results

In total, 472 surveys were distributed of which 465 (98.5%) were returned. Twenty-nine percent of respondents correctly judged CRC to be the commonest cause of cancer death among the options provided while 26% correctly judged the lifetime risk of CRC; 59% underestimated and 15% overestimated the risk. Most patients (91%) were willing to pay 300 euros for a prompt colonoscopy if recommended by their physician while 7% opted to wait 6 months for a free colonoscopy.

Conclusions

There is a willingness to embrace CRC screening and to shoulder some of the financial burden that this entails.

Keywords

Colon cancer Screening Colonoscopy 

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Copyright information

© Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • G. C. Harewood
    • 1
  • F. Murray
    • 1
  • S. Patchett
    • 1
  • L. Garcia
    • 2
  • W. L. Leong
    • 2
  • Y. T. Lim
    • 2
  • S. Prabakaran
    • 2
  • K. F. Yeen
    • 2
  • J. O’Flynn
    • 2
  • E. McNally
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of GastroenterologyBeaumont Hospital DublinDublinIreland
  2. 2.Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland Medical SchoolDublinIreland

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