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Table 4 Reported sources of CAM awareness/information

From: Prevalence, patterns, and perceived value of complementary and alternative medicine among cancer patients: a cross-sectional, descriptive study

Source of CAM awareness/information Type of cancer: Number of patients (%)
  Breast (n = 67) Prostate (n = 36) Ovarian (n = 17) Colon (n = 12) Other (n = 5) Total (n = 137)
Health personnel outside the hospital 1 (1.5) 1 (2.8) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0%) 2 (1.5%)
In-hospital health personnel 14 (20.9) 5 (13.9) 1 (5.9) 3 (25.0) 1 (20.0) 24 (17.5)
Friends 46 (68.7) 30 (83.3) 9 (52.9) 8 (66.7) 2 (40.0) 95 (69.3)
Family members 46 (68.7) 29 (80.6) 8 (47.1) 9 (75.0) 3 (60.0) 95 (69.3)
CAM practitioner 4 (6.0) 5 (13.9) 0 (0.0) 3 (25.0) 0 (0.0) 12 (8.8)
Mass media 9 (11.9) 2 (5.6) 8 (47.1) 1 (8.3) 1 (20.0) 20 (14.6)
Religious groups 15 (22.4) 14 (38.9) 5 (29.4) 2 (16.73) 0 (0.0) 36 (26.3)
Other patients 29 (43.3) 17 (42.7) 6 (35.3) 8 (66.7) 0 (0.0) 60 (43.8)
Other persons (unspecified) 1 (1.5) 1 (2.8) 2 (11.8) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 4 (2.9)
  1. CAM complementary and alternative medicine. Data are the number (percentage)