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Table 2 Demographic characteristics among symptomatic and asymptomatic respondents

From: The impact of body vigilance on help-seeking for cancer ‘alarm’ symptoms: a community-based survey

   Symptomatic
(N = 917)
n (%)
Asymptomatic
(N = 1106)
n (%)
Sex Male 374 (40.8) 551 (49.8)
Female 534 (58.2) 543 (49.1)
Age 50–59 318 (34.7) 348 (31.5)
60–79 492 (53.7) 653 (59.0)
80+ 77 (8.4) 74 (6.7)
Marital Status Single/Not co-habiting 336 (36.6) 307 (27.8)
Married/Co-habiting 573 (62.5) 786 (71.1)
Education Below degree level 554 (60.4) 697 (63.0)
Degree or higher 341 (37.2) 389 (35.2)
Employment Not working 538 (58.7) 640 (57.9)
Working 368 (40.1) 451 (40.8)
Ethnicity Non-white 53 (5.8) 54 (4.9)
White 858 (93.6) 1046 (94.6)
Cancer worry Low cancer worry 739 (80.6) 984 (93.4)
High cancer worry 108 (11.8) 70 (6.6)
Current illness No 465 (50.7) 756 (68.4)
Yes 422 (46.0) 319 (28.8)
BV-sensitivity No 470 (51.3) 622 (56.2)
Yes 425 (46.3) 455 (41.1)
BV-attention No 438 (47.8) 539 (48.7)
Yes 468 (51.0) 549 (49.6)
  1. Column totals may vary due to missing data (ranging from <1% (n = 6 for ethnicity to 3% (n = 30) for age and current illness). BV-sensitivity ‘I am very sensitive to changes in my body’, BV-attention ‘I pay close attention to changes in my body’