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Table 2 Summary of perceived barriers to seek cancer care in adolescents vs adults and females vs males

From: Perceived barriers to seeking cancer care in the Gaza Strip: a cross-sectional study

Type of Barrier Barrier Total
(n= 2886)
n (%)
Adolescents
(n= 1457)
n (%)
Adults
(n= 1429)
n (%)
p-value Females
(n= 1483)
n (%)
Males
(n= 1403)
n (%)
p-value
Emotional Embarrassment        
Yes 1278 (44.3) 667 (45.8) 611 (42.8) 0.23 661 (44.6) 617 (44.0) 0.005
No 1491 (51.7) 730 (50.1) 761 (53.2)   779 (52.5) 712 (50.7)  
I do not know 117 (4.1) 60 (4.1) 57 (4.0)   43 (2.9) 74 (5.3)  
Feeling scared        
Yes 1512 (52.4) 800 (54.9) 712 (49.8) < 0.001 827 (55.8) 685 (48.8) < 0.001
No 1241 (43.0) 576 (39.5) 665 (46.5)   603 (40.7) 638 (45.5)  
I do not know 133 (4.6) 81 (5.6) 52 (3.6)   53 (3.5) 80 (5.7)  
Wouldn’t feel confident talking about symptom with doctor        
Yes 1402 (48.5) 774 (53.1) 628 (43.9) <  0.001 706 (47.6) 696 (49.6) 0.07
No 1250 (43.3) 539 (37.0) 711 (49.8)   669 (45.1) 581 (41.4)  
I do not know 234 (8.1) 144 (9.9) 90 (6.3)   108 (7.3) 126 (9.0)  
Feeling worried about what a doctor might find        
Yes 1467 (50.8) 812 (55.7) 655 (45.8) <  0.001 797 (53.7) 670 (47.8) 0.004
No 1190 (41.3) 491 (33.7) 699 (48.9)   582 (39.3) 608 (43.3)  
I do not know 229 (7.9) 154 (10.6) 75 (5.3)   104 (7.0) 125 (8.9)  
Service Feeling worried about wasting doctor’s time     <  0.001    0.038
Yes 581 (20.1) 276 (18.9) 305 (21.3)   280 (18.9) 301 (21.5)  
No 2092 (72.5) 1039 (71.3) 1053 (73.7)   1105 (74.5) 987 (70.3)  
I do not know 213 (7.4) 142 (9.8) 71 (5.0)   98 (6.6) 115 (8.2)  
Difficulty talking to doctor        
Yes 648 (22.5) 268 (18.4) 380 (26.6) <  0.001 285 (19.2) 363 (25.9) <  0.001
No 1999 (69.3) 1032 (70.8) 967 (67.7)   1089 (73.4) 910 (64.9)  
I do not know 239 (8.2) 157 (10.8) 82 (5.7)   109 (7.4) 130 (9.2)  
Difficulty making an appointment with the doctor        
Yes 900 (31.2) 484 (33.2) 416 (29.1) <  0.001 445 (30.0) 455 (32.4) < 0.001
No 1767 (51.2) 827 (56.8) 940 (65.8)   949 (64.0) 818 (58.3)  
I do not know 219 (7.6) 146 (10.0) 73 (5.1)   89 (6.0) 130 (9.3)  
Practical Busy to go to the doctor        
Yes 991 (34.3) 542 (37.2) 449 (31.4) <  0.001 486 (32.8) 505 (36.0) 0.001
No 1694 (58.7) 790 (54.2) 904 (63.3)   913 (61.6) 781 (55.7)  
I do not know 201 (7.0) 125 (9.6) 76 (5.3)   84 (5.6) 117 (8.3)  
Having other things to do        
Yes 881 (30.5) 455 (31.2) 426 (29.8) <  0.001 450 (30.3) 431 (30.7) 0.008
No 1774 (61.5) 850 (58.3) 924 (64.7)   936 (63.1) 838 (59.7)  
I do not know 231 (8.0) 152 (10.5) 79 (5.5)   97 (6.6) 134 (9.6)  
Difficulty arranging transports        
Yes 979 (33.9) 466 (32.0) 513 (35.9) <  0.001 535 (36.1) 444 (31.6) 0.002
No 1697 (58.8) 853 (58.5) 844 (59.1)   861 (58.1) 836 (59.6)  
I do not know 210 (7.3) 138 (9.5) 72 (5.0)   87 (5.8) 123 (8.8)  
  1. n number of participants tested