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Journal of Applied Sciences

Year: 2009  |  Volume: 9  |  Issue: 12  |  Page No.: 2319 - 2324

Public Perceptions of Cancer Risk using Analytic Hierarchy Process

L. Abdullah, I. Taib and R. Salleh


This study aims to propose an analytical approach to rank risk levels of cancer. Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) model which incorporates five risk factors is constructed to rank five cancer types. A case study of perceptions of cancer risk levels is presented and the proposed model is applied to facilitate the decision process. A twenty five items questionnaire is employed to collect data from public at a residential area in Malaysia. The results show that lung cancer is ranked as the highest risk and prostate cancer is ranked as the lowest risk among the five cancer types. The overall ranking reflects the extent of awareness of cancer types and their risk factors among Malaysian public.

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