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Table 1 Sample characteristics by gender for People with Cancer (PWC)

From: Feeling well and talking about sex: psycho-social predictors of sexual functioning after cancer

  Women Men Test for group difference Significance Effect size
Variable n M (SD) n M (SD) F p η2
Patient age 535 50.7 (10.9) 122 61.1 (14.3) 79.01 <0.001 0.108
Years since first diagnosis 533 4.9 (5.3) 122 5.3 (5.4) 0.53 0.468 0.001
Length of current relationship 515 19.8 (13.7) 118 25.7 (16.8) 16.55 <0.001 0.026
  n % n % χ2 p φ
Ethnicity:      0.51 0.774 0.028
 Aust/White European 508 95.7 114 94.2    
 Asian 14 2.6 4 3.3
 Other 9 1.7 3 2.5
Cancer type:      519.19 <0.001 0.364
 Breast 425 80 - -    
 Gynecologic 45 8.5 - -
 Prostate - - 87 72.5
 Genitourinary (other) 4 0.8 7 5.8
 Hematological/Blood 23 4.3 14 11.7
 Digestive/Gastrointestinal 11 2.1 4 3.3
 Neurologic 6 1.1 4 3.3
 Skin 8 1.5 2 1.7
 Othera 9 1.7 2 1.7
Cancer classification:      10.52 .001 0.127
 Sexual cancer type 474 89.3 94 78.3    
 Non-sexual cancer type 57 10.7 26 21.7
Stage of disease:      27.19 <0.001 0.188
 No longer detectable/In remission 430 80.8 71 58.7    
 Receiving treatment 16 3.0 7 5.8
 Otherb 86 16.2 43 35.5
Relationship status:      3.12 0.374 0.032
 Partnered – Living together 414 77.4 96 78.7    
 Partnered – Not living together 34 6.4 10 8.2
 Not in a relationship 76 14.2 16 13.1
 Other/Not specified 11 2.1 - -
Sexual identity:      405.16 <0.001 0.858
 Heterosexual 434 96.7 92 91.1    
 Non heterosexual 15 3.3 9 8.9
Current sexual relationship:      0.99 0.319 0.039
 Yes 404 76.2 87 71.9    
 No 126 23.8 34 18.6    
  1. Note a“Other” includes: Respiratory/Thoracic, Head & Neck, various, each less than 1%; b “Other” includes: a new different cancer; active monitoring; outcome not specified.
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