04 Dec 2023
30 Nov 2023
Globally, cancer is acknowledged as a serious health problem. Breast cancer is the most prevalent type of cancer, followed by colorectal and cervical cancers. Early identification can enhance patients' quality of life, and screening tests are crucial in lowering morbidity and mortality. The purpose of this study is to identify the obstacles to and attitudes toward cancer screening in Saudi Arabia's eastern province. Between August and November 2022, a cross-sectional survey was carried out among residents of Saudi Arabia's eastern province. A self-administered questionnaire that was distributed online was used to gather the data. There were a total of 761 respondents to the study. 75% of the participants were aware of the screening tests for early cancer detection. About 39.9% of respondents guessed correctly that breast cancer screening should occur between the ages of 40 and 54, but few knew how to retest. More over half, 60.9%, were unaware of the early identification of cervical cancer, while 68.2% were unaware of the early detection of colon cancer. 30% of respondents understood there were no impediments to screening, whereas 18.2% were worried about the findings. Our findings revealed that the majority of the public had limited knowledge and attitudes towards cancer screening, but that no substantial impediments or difficulties existed. Providers of healthcare should spotlight their patients, particularly those at the greatest risk. More initiatives to educate the public about screening testing are required.