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Table 2 Somatic and mental morbidity of short- and long-term cancer survivors

From: Morbidity, life style and psychosocial situation in cancer survivors aged 60-69 years: results from The Nord-Trøndelag Health Study (The HUNT-II Study)

Variables Short-term
survivors
(N = 128)
Long-term
survivors
(N = 206)
p-value* Effect
Size
Self-rated health    0.62  
   Good health 59 (47) 92 (45)   
   Poor health 66 (53) 112 (55)   
Functional impairment     
   Physical impairment 16 (13) 45 (22) 0.04 0.24
   Mental impairment 8 (6) 15 (7) 0.89  
Somatic diseases     
   Infarction, angina or stroke 18 (14) 26 (13) 0.96  
   Diabetes 5 (4) 9 (4) 0.82  
   Thyroid diseases 9 (7) 39 (19) 0.01 0.36
   Osteoporosis 3 (2) 14 (7) 0.16  
   Arthritis, arthrosis 31 (24) 49 (24) 0.62  
   Musculo-skeletal diseases 18 (14) 36 (18) 0.45  
   ≥1 comorbid disease(s) 57 (45) 112 (54) 0.12  
Significant somatic symptoms     
   Muscular pain and stiffness affect-     
   ting daily activities last month 18 (14) 48 (23) 0.05  
   Gastrointestinal symptoms last year 11 (9) 16 (8) 0.82  
   Headache last year 24 (19) 52 (25) 0.35  
Regular use of medication last year     
   Daily use of any medication 76 (59) 114 (53) 0.55  
   Analgesics 21 (16) 31 (15) 0.83  
   Psychotropics 25 (19) 43 (21) 0.99  
   Antihypertensives 25 (20) 50 (24) 0.33  
Mental variables     
   HADS-Anxiety, mean (SD)a 4.8 (4.1) 4.8 (3.7) 0.78  
   HADS-Depression, mean (SD) a 4.1 (3.3) 4.4 (3.2) 0.56  
   Self-esteem score, mean (SD) 7.9 (2.1) 7.7 (2.2) 0.54  
   Sleeping problems, N (%) 30 (25) 59 (32) 0.33  
   Alcohol problems, N (%) 8 (6) 17 (8) 0.15  
Lifestyle variables     
   BMI, mean (SD) 27.6 (3.8) 27.6 (4.8) 0.70  
Physical activity, N (%)     
   Minimal 40 (31) 80 (39) 0.63  
   Moderate or more 88 (69) 126 (61) 0.48  
Daily smoker 26 (20) 55 (27) 0.38  
Framingham risk score     
   Framingham sum score, mean (SD) 16.1 (2.8) 16.6 (3.0) 0.15  
   Framingham risk >20%, N (%) 69 (54) 123 (60) 0.48  
  1. *Adjusted for sex a Non-parametric test