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The aim of this study was to assess the level of knowledge of dietary habits related to colo­rectal cancer (CRC) in a university students’ population. A questionnaire-based survey was conducted among students from different schools and grades of studies at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) (n = 385), regarding knowledge of CRC and dietary habits. Only (34.8%) of students could correctly define CRC as cancer of colon and rectum and (55.3%) of them could not define diet as a risk factor for CRC. The overall score of knowledge was low (Mean ± SD = -4.27 ± 0.4). Majority of students showed lack of knowledge (71.9%). Inferential analysis revealed significant association and difference in knowledge among different soci­odemographic subgroups.


Colorectal cancer (CRC) Dietary habits Knowledge assessment

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Abdul Rahman M.F. Nahas, Azmi Sarriff, & Saad Othman. (2013). Diet and colorectal cancer: knowledge assessment among Malaysian universi-ty students . International Journal of Research in Pharmaceutical Sciences, 4(2), 194-197. Retrieved from