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Table 1 Demographic and medical characteristics of the sample (n = 689)

From: Determinants of illness-specific social support and its relation to distress in long-term melanoma survivors

  Number Percent
Age (lowest 28, highest 93)
  ≤ 39 52 7.6
 40–49 111 16.1
 50–59 137 19.9
 60–69 133 19.3
 70–79 184 26.7
  ≥ 80 72 10.5
Gender: male 335 48.6
Marital status
 Married 520 75.5
 Single 49 7.1
 Separated/divorced 49 7.1
 Widowed 70 10.2
Partnership: yes 570 82.7
Educational level
 Primary school 333 48.3
 Secondary school 196 28.4
 High school 142 20.6
 Other 17 2.5
Time since diagnosis (years)
 6 104 15.1
 7 139 20.2
 8 129 18.7
 9 107 15.5
 10 96 13.8
 11 88 12.9
 12 26 3.8
Social class
 Lower 237 34.4
 Middle 234 34.0
 Higher 218 31.6
UICC stage at diagnosisa
 1 365 53.0
 2 34 4.9
 3 7 1.0
 Unknown 283 41.1
  1. aUICC-stage: till 2003 (year of diagnosis) according to TNM 5. ed., Springer publisher 1997, from 2004 (year of diagnosis) TNM 6. ed., Springer publisher 2002; classification according to TNM 6 in A and B were subsumed to the particular stage; missing data: marital status (1), partnership (23), educational level (1), melanoma surgery (9)