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Table 1 Descriptive characteristics of cancer survivors who participated in the LIVESTRONG 2010 Survey

From: When helping helps: exploring health benefits of cancer survivors participating in for-cause physical activity events

  Overall Sample (N = 3122) Physically active LIVESTRONG participant (n = 363) Did not participate in LIVESTRONG in a physical active way (n = 2759) Tests of difference between LIVESTRONG physical activity participants and others
Age M = 48.2, SD = 12.7 (18–94) M = 48.2, SD = 12.1 (18–80) M = 48.2, SD = 12.7 (18–94) t = .01, p > .05
Sex N = 3122 n = 363 n = 2759 t = −5.88, p < .001
 Female 1930 (61.8%) 172 (47.4%) 1758 (63.7%)  
 Male 1192 (38.2%) 191 (52.6%) 1001 (36.3%)  
Survivorship Length N = 3122 n = 363 n = 2759 χ2 = 11.63, p < .01
 Finished treatment < 1 year ago 727 (23.3%) 64 (17.6%) 663 (24%)  
 Finished treatment 1–5 years ago 1280 (41.0%) 143 (39.4%) 1137 (41.2%)  
 Finished treatment ≥ 5 years ago 1115 (35.7%) 156 (43.0%) 959 (34.8%)  
Education N = 3089 n = 360 n = 2749 t = .96, p > .05
 H.S. Degree or less 270 (8.8%) 17 (4.7%) 253 (9%)  
 Education > H.S. Degree 2819 (91.2%) 346 (95.3%) 2496 (91%)  
Income N = 3122 n = 363 n = 2759 χ2 = 60.47, p < .001
 $0 - $40,000 461 (14.8%) 29 (8.0%) 432 (15.7%)  
 $41,000 - $60,000 405 (13.0%) 37 (10.2%) 368 (13.3%)  
 $61,000 - $80,000 381 (12.2%) 43 (11.8%) 338 (12.3%)  
 $81,000 - $100,000 376 (12.0%) 45 (12.4%) 331 (12%)  
 $101,000 - $120,000 282 (9.0%) 24 (6.6%) 258 (9.4%)  
 > $120,000 584 (18.7%) 118 (32.5%) 466 (16.9%)  
 Preferred not to answer 633 (20.3%) 67 (18.5%) 566 (20.5%)  
Marital Status N = 3092 n = 360 n = 2732 t = −.16, p > .05
 Married / Domestic Partner 2123 (68.7%) 267 (73.6%) 1856 (68%)  
 Other 969 (31.3%) 96 (26.4%) 876 (32%)  
Parental Status N = 3116 n = 363 n = 2753 t = −.88, p > .05
 No Children 1134 (36.4%) 122 (33.6%) 1012 (37%)  
 ≥ 1 Child 1982 (63.6%) 241 (66.4%) 1741 (63%)  
Race / Ethnicitya N = 3122 n = 363 n = 2759  
 American Indian or Alaskan Native 41 (1.3%) 2 (0.6%) 39 (1%) t = −1.92, p > .05
 Asian 57 (1.8%) 10 (2.8%) 47 (2%) t = 1.18, p > .05
 Black or African American 53 (1.7%) 1 (0.3%) 52 (2%) t = −4.26, p < .001
 Hispanic or Latino 146 (4.7%) 13 (3.6%) 133 (5%) t = −1.17, p > .05
 Native Hawaiian 7 (0.2%) 1 (0.3%) 6 (0.2%) t = .22, p > .05
 White 2801 (89.7%) 339 (93.4%) 2462 (89%) t = 2.90, p < .01
 Other 57 (1.8%) 5 (1.4%) 52 (1.9%) t = −.80, p < .05
 Refuse 46 (1.5%) 6 (1.7%) 40 (1.4%) t = .30, p > .05
Desire to Help N = 3122 n = 363 n = 2759 t = 3.18, p < .001
 No 1514 (48.5%) 148 (40.8%) 1366 (49.5%)  
 Yes 1608 (51.5%) 215 (59.2%) 1393 (50.5%)  
Regular Physical Activity Participation N = 3122 n = 363 n = 2759 t = 9.48, p < .001
 No 776 (24.9%) 36 (9.9%) 740 (26.8%)  
 Yes 2346 (75.1%) 327 (90.1%) 2019 (73.2%)  
Quality of Life N = 3122 M = 19.3, SD = 6.5 n = 363 M = 20.8, SD = 6.4 n = 2759 M = 19.1, SD = 6.5 t = 4.70, p < .001
  1. N = sample size, M = mean, SD = standard deviation, H.S. = high school, QLACS = Quality of Life in Adult Cancer Survivors (31 indicates greater quality of life)
  2. aRespondents could indicate multiple racial/ethnic groups; total % does not = 100%
  3. Tests of difference between physically active LIVESTRONG participants and others: t-test for binary variables and χ2−test for multinomial variables