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Table 2 Characteristics of women in the 45 and Up study who reported ever having a faecal occult blood test (FOBT), mammogram, both tests, or neither test in the previous 2 years

From: Sociodemographic and health-related predictors of self-reported mammogram, faecal occult blood test and prostate specific antigen test use in a large Australian study

  Total n (%)1 % FOBT only % Mammogram only % Both tests % Neither test
Total n 96711 (100) 3.2 56.0 16.2 24.7
Age      
50-59 42646 (44.1) 2.5 62.5 17.1 18.0
60-69 30538 (31.6) 2.0 65.4 21.7 11.0
70+ 23527 (24.3) 5.9 32.0 7.3 54.7
Family history of cancer      
Bowel 11836 (12.2) 4.1 54.1 16.8 25.0
Breast 9937 (10.3) 2.3 62.5 18.1 17.1
Bowel and Breast 2077 (2.2) 3.0 58.7 17.4 20.9
Other Cancer 20273 (21.0) 2.9 57.1 17.2 22.8
None 52588 (54.4) 3.2 54.7 15.2 27.0
Hormone replacement therapy use      
Ever 40641 (42.0) 2.8 61.5 20.0 15.7
Never 53905 (55.7) 3.4 52.2 13.6 30.8
Place of residence*      
Major City 42402 (43.8) 2.9 55.8 14.3 27.0
Inner Region 34676 (35.9) 3.3 56.1 17.2 23.5
Outer Region 17697 (18.3) 3.3 55.9 18.8 22.0
Remote or Very Remote 1853 (1.9) 3.1 60.4 15.1 21.4
Highest qualification      
No school certificate or other qualification 12720 (13.2) 3.4 52.1 10.5 34.0
School or intermediate certificate 28347 (29.3) 2.9 57.0 15.7 24.5
Higher school or leaving certificate 9297 (9.6) 2.9 55.9 13.9 27.3
Trade, apprenticeship, certificate or diploma 24918 (25.8) 3.5 55.9 18.2 22.4
University degree or higher 19928 (20.6) 3.1 57.7 19.5 19.7
Employment status      
Full time work 16829 (17.4) 2.0 64.0 15.6 18.5
Part time work 16599 (17.2) 2.5 63.8 18.7 15.0
Self employed 6559 (6.8) 2.6 60.7 17.9 18.8
Partially retired 3030 (3.1) 2.9 59.3 22.1 15.8
Fully retired 39603 (41.0) 4.1 48.2 15.8 31.8
Unemployed 2088 (2.2) 3.0 54.6 9.4 33.1
Unpaid work 1952 (2.0) 2.9 59.8 17.0 20.3
Looking after home/family 5914 (6.1) 2.7 58.0 14.7 24.6
Sick/disabled 2004 (2.1) 3.8 54.9 9.2 32.0
Other 1245 (1.3) 2.8 56.0 12.4 28.8
Income ($AUD)      
Less than 5,000 1878 (1.9) 3.0 52.6 10.8 33.7
5,000-9,000 4423 (4.6) 3.4 50.1 9.6 37.0
10,000-19,000 14983 (15.5) 4.3 48.1 12.1 35.6
20,000-29,000 9511 (9.8) 3.7 54.3 17.2 24.9
30,000-39,000 7593 (7.9) 3.3 58.6 18.5 19.7
40,000-49,000 6565 (6.8) 2.9 58.8 19.1 19.3
50,000-69,000 9214 (9.5) 2.7 60.4 19.3 17.6
70,000 or more 17348 (17.9) 2.3 62.5 19.6 15.7
Prefer not to answer 20589 (21.3) 3.1 57.1 16.0 23.8
Health insurance status      
Health care concession card 18482 (19.1) 3.7 49.0 11.2 36.0
Department of Veterans’ Affairs card 1095 (1.1) 4.8 32.8 6.6 55.9
Private health insurance without extras 47793 (49.4) 2.9 59.8 19.2 18.2
Private health insurance with extras 14187 (14.7) 3.2 56.2 18.0 22.6
No concession card or health Insurance 13428 (13.9) 3.1 54.8 12.1 30.1
Married or living with a partner      
No 28821 (29.8) 4.0 47.3 11.8 36.9
Yes 67599 (69.9) 2.8 59.7 18.0 19.5
Non-english language spoken at home      
No 88039 (91.0) 3.2 55.9 16.9 24.0
Yes 8671 (9.0) 2.5 56.7 8.6 32.2
Country of birth      
Australia 73198 (75.7) 3.2 56.2 17.2 23.4
Other English speaking country 11848 (12.3) 3.4 55.0 16.6 25.0
Non-English speaking country 10720 (11.1) 2.8 56.0 9.4 31.8
Been treated by a doctor in the past month§      
No 39055 (40.4) 2.7 58.6 17.0 21.8
Yes 49328 (51.0) 3.6 53.7 16.1 26.6
Need help with daily tasks due to illness or disability      
No 88048 (91.0) 3.1 57.3 16.9 22.8
Yes 5247 (5.4) 4.1 39.0 8.1 48.7
Psychological distress Level      
Well 74194 (76.7) 3.1 57.2 17.6 22.1
Mild 5366 (5.6) 3.2 57.9 14.1 24.8
Moderate 1706 (1.8) 2.9 53.8 13.0 30.3
Severe 1679 (1.7) 2.9 54.6 10.3 32.3
  1. 1 Missing data for each covariate has been omitted for the sake of brevity.
  2. * Using the mean Accessibility/Remoteness Index of Australia (ARIA+).
  3. † Pre-tax annual household income from all sources.
  4. §Treated for heart attack, other heart disease, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, blood clotting problems, asthma, osteoarthritis, thyroid problems, osteoporosis/low bone density, depression, or anxiety.