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Population insight of the relationship between lifestyle and cancer: A population-based survey

1 Department of Clinical Laboratory, College of Applied Medical Science, University of Hail, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA)
2 Department of Pathology, College of Medicine, Molecular Diagnostics and Personalized Therapeutics Unit, University of Hail, KSA
3 Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences, College of Applied Medical sciences, Jouf University, Skaka, KSA

Background: There is a substantial rise in the incidence of cancer in Saudi Arabia. Life style models and lack of awareness are the prime suspect in this substantial increase. Therefore, the objective of the present study was to assess the relationship between lifestyle and cancer in a population-based Survey in Northern Saudi Arabia. Methodology: This cross-sectional study was conducted in North Saudi Arabia (Hail Region). Data was collected as a part of a community based cancer’s awareness movement that covered an area inhibited with approximately 500,000 individuals. Results: In this study, about 2558/3227 (79.3%) and 641/794 (80.7%) believed that tobacco smoking and smokeless are not a risk of cancer development. In this study large section (87.2%) of the study population believe that exposure to diverse occupational or non-occupational chemicals has no role in cancer development. Furthermore, around 59% of the study subjects in the current study believed that repeated exposure to insecticidal chemicals doesn’t influence the risk of cancer. Conclusion: The present study point to the urgent need for awareness educational programs and preventive measures towards may lifestyle factors that can increase or decrease the overall risk of cancer among Saudi population.
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