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Table 1 Characteristics of the sample*

From: Socioeconomic disparities in the uptake of breast and cervical cancer screening in Italy: a cross sectional study

  Breast cancer screening Cervical cancer screening
  (N = 15, 486) (N = 35, 349)
  N Proportion (%) N Proportion (%)
Age groups     
25-34    8746 24.7
35-44    10201 28.9
45-54    8677 24.5
55-64    7725 21.9
50-54 4184 27.0   
55-59 4299 27.8   
60-64 3426 22.1   
65-69 3577 23.1   
Region of residence     
North-western Italy 3599 23.2 12383 35.0
North-eastern Italy 3127 20.2 2355 21.5
Central-Italy 2833 18.3 6241 20.2
Southern Italy 4213 27.2 10405 29.4
Italian Islands 1714 11.1 3965 11.2
Marital status     
Single 1067 6.9 7257 20.5
Married 11310 73.0 23782 67.3
Separated/Divorced 914 5.9 2723 7.7
Widowed 2195 14.2 1587 4.5
Body mass index     
Normal weight 7564 48.8 22342 63.2
Underweight 305 2.0 1889 5.3
Overweight 5378 34.7 8128 23
Obese 2239 14.5 2990 8.5
Self-assessed health status     
Good/Very good 6414 41.4 22771 64.4
Fair 7751 50.1 11310 32.0
Bad/Very bad 1321 8.5 1268 3.6
Cigarette smoking status     
Current 2216 14.3 6474 18.3
Former 2565 16.6 5869 16.6
Never 10705 69.1 23006 65.1
Level of education     
Primary school or less 7603 49.1 7082 20.1
Secondary school 3900 25.2 11214 31.7
High school and over 3983 25.7 17053 48.2
Occupational class     
Non-working 4941 31.9 9806 27.8
Low 5915 38.2 11643 32.9
Intermediate 3167 20.5 10223 28.9
High 1463 9.4 3677 10.4
Mammography     
One every two years 7274 47.0   
Less than two or none 8212 53.0   
Pap test     
One every three years    18417 52.1
Less than three or none    16932 47.9
  1. *Italian National Health Interview Survey, 2004-2005 [24].