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Table 1 Socio-demographic characteristics

From: Men and women: beliefs about cancer and about screening

   Women Men t or χ2 p =
Mean age, years   49.7 52.3 -4.88 0.00
Mean age leaving full-time education, years 17.4 17.4 -0.18 0.86
Ethnicity, % white   97.7 96.9 1.17 0.28
Married or with a partner, % 77.7 80.3 1.86 0.17
Annual household income, % Up to £10,000 18.4 16.3 10.24 0.02
  £10-20,000 29.4 23.9   
  £20-30,000 16.8 19.1   
  Above £30,000 35.3 40.6   
Mean EQ index score   0.82 0.83 -0.81 0.42
Illness experience, % Stomach problems 41.2 35.1 7.02 0.01
  Piles/haemorrhoids 48.8 61.8 30.19 0.00
  Heart disease 44.8 37.8 8.89 0.00
  Cancer 62.1 46.7 42.00 0.00
  Stroke 34.1 29.6 4.12 0.04
  Depression 49.1 34.8 36.53 0.00
Tobacco smoking, % Current smoker 14.8 14.0 36.67 0.00
  Ex-smoker 27.8 41.2   
  Never smoked 56.5 43.5   
Considers self to be overweight, % 39.7 38.8 0.15 0.70