Assessment of Perception of Medical Students in Regard to Links between Tobacco or Alcohol Use and Cancer

  • Alshammari, Fawaz Dabea (College of Applied Medical Science, University of Hail) ;
  • Khalifa, Amany M (Department of Pathology, College of Medicine, University of Hail) ;
  • Kosba, Ayman Ahmed (Department of Pathology, College of Medicine, University of Hail) ;
  • Khalil, Nuhar A (Department of Pathology, College of Medicine, University of Hail) ;
  • Ali, Safia M (Department of Pathology, College of Medicine, University of Hail) ;
  • Hassouna, Mona M (Department of Pathology, College of Medicine, University of Hail) ;
  • Elawad, Gamal Mohamed (College of Applied Medical Science, University of Hail) ;
  • Ginaw, Ibrahim Abdelmajeed (Department of Community Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Hail) ;
  • Ahmed, Hussain Gadelkarim (Molecular Diagnostics and Personalized Therapeutics Unit, University of Hail, Department of Histopathology and Cytology, FMLS, University of Khartoum)
  • Published : 2015.04.14


Background: The aim of this study was to assess cancer awareness among medical students in Saudi Arabia toward tobacco and alcohol use as risk factors. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional survey from October to December 2014, covering 1200 medical students, was performed. Results: Of the total, 975 (81.25%) responded. The male to female ratio was 1.00:7.125. 96/975 (9.8%) had smoked tobacco in their lifetime, and 51/975 (5.23%) were alcoholic beverage consumers. On asking them whether tobacco smoking and alcohol consumption can cause cancer, only 4/975 (0.4%) and 14/975 (1.43%) answered no for smoking and alcohol, respectively. Conclusions: The prevalence of smoking and alcohol use is very low among medical students, which might be due to high female contribution besides social stigma. The prevalence of second-hand smoke (SHS) was found to be very high in Hail region.


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