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Table 1 Basic characteristics of the participants

From: Use of traditional and complementary medicine among Norwegian cancer patients in the seventh survey of the Tromsø study

 The total populationCancer at presentCancer previously, not nowNever cancerp-value
%(n = 20,428c)%(n = 404)%(n = 1232)%(n = 18,792) 
Age
 Mean (SD)57.18 (11.365)68.14 (10.945)64.55 (10.945)56.46 (11.117)< 0.001b
 40–59 years61.212,17920.98333.239963.911,697< 0.001a
 60 years and above38.8771179.131566.880236.16595 
Gender        < 0.001a
Women52.310,67443.817756.168152.29806 
Men47.7975456.222743.954147.88986 
Living with a spouse/partner        < 0.001a
Yes77.014,90771.427072.785677.413,781 
No23.0444828.610827.332222.64018 
Household income
 Low22.1433035.913331.837521.13822< 0.001a
 Middle29.2574234.312731.236829.05247 
 High48.7956429.711036.943549.99019 
How will you evaluate your finaces        0.021a
Good70.514,16868.926669.483470.613,068 
Average26.0522328.511028.434125.84772 
Difficult3.56962.6102.2263.6660 
Years of Education        < 0.001a
Primary school22.7457737.414528.033722.14095 
Secondary school27.8558825.810024.229128.05197 
College/university less than 4 years19.5392916.56420.024119.63624 
College/university 4 years or more30.0602620.47927.833530.35612 
Smoke daily        < 0.001a
Yes, now13.8280810.94310.913414.12631 
Yes, previously44.1894753.721151.162743.58109 
Never42.0852135.413937.946542.47917 
Frequency of drinking alcohol        < 0.001a
Monthly or less frequently32.3656943.317334.742731.95969 
More than once a month67.713,77756.822765.380268.112,748 
Frequency of exercise        0.555a
Less than weekly15.9318217.86915.919215.82921 
Weekly or more frequently84.116,89382.231884.1101284.215,563 
Ethnicity        0.096a
Norwegian90.418,46293.536194.3113392.316,968 
Sami/Kven4.08274.1163.2384.2773 
Other3.46892.392.6313.5649 
  1. a Pearson’s chi-square test between the groups cancer at present, cancer previously not now, and never cancer; b One-way ANOVA test; c Due to missing responses to some of the questions, the number of respondents in single questions does not always add up to the total n