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Table 1 The reasons for late presentation (N=312)

From: Surgical management of inguinal hernias at Bugando Medical Centre in northwestern Tanzania: our experiences in a resource-limited setting

Reasons for late presentation Frequency Percentage
Financial constraints 298 95.5
Lack of awareness of the disease 267 85.6
Long distance from health facilities 121 38.8
Fear of surgery 95 30.4
Feeling that hernia is not a dangerous disease 24 7.7
Treated by traditional healers 12 3.8
No reason reported 122 39.1