Skip to main content

Table 1 Baseline characteristics of participants

From: Self-testing for cancer: a community survey

Characteristics All (n = 2,925) Cancer self-test users (n = 35) Test*
Age, years    
   Mean (range) 53.1 (18–95) 58.8 (30–87) t=-1.92, 2923df
   Median 53 60 p = 0.055
Gender N (%) N (%)  
   Male 1308 (44.7) 21 (60.0) χ2 = 3.35,1df
   Female 1617 (55.3) 14 (40.0) p = 0.067
Index of Multiple Deprivation (n = 2,922) N (%) N (%)  
   Quartile 1 (least deprived) 433 (14.8) 4 (11.4) χ2 = 0.35,3df
   Quartile 2 566 (19.4) 7 (20.0) p = 0.951
   Quartile 3 1230 (42.1) 15 (42.9)  
   Quartile 4 (most deprived) 693 (23.7) 9 (25.7)  
Smoking Status N (%) N (%)  
   Smoker 578 (19.8) 5 (14.3) χ2 = 0.85,2df
   Non-smoker 2334 (79.8) 30 (85.7) p = 0.654
   Not known 13 (0.4) 0 (0.0)  
Ethnic Group N (%) N (%)  
   White 2698 (92.2) 31 (88.6) χ2 = 3.71,5df
   Mixed 25 (0.9) 0 (0.0) p = 0.592
   Asian 99 (3.4) 1 (2.9)  
   Black 35 (1.2) 1 (2.9)  
   Chinese 9 (0.3) 0 (0.0)  
   Other & Not known 59 (2.0) 2 (5.7)  
Exercise Regularly N (%) N (%)  
   Yes 1380 (47.2) 16 (45.7) χ2 = 0.03,2df
   No 1466 (50.1) 18 (51.4) p = 0.984
   Not known 79 (2.7) 1 (2.9)  
Health Status N (%) N (%)  
   Not good 324 (11.1) 5 (14.3) χ2 = 2.92,3df
   Fairly good 1220 (41.7) 15 (42.9) p = 0.404
   Good 1360 (46.5) 14 (40.0)  
   Not known 21 (0.7) 1 (2.9)  
Long Term Illness N (%) N (%)  
   Yes 811 (27.7) 12 (34.3) χ2 = 0.76,2df
   No 2020 (69.1) 22 (62.9) p = 0.684
   Not known 94 (3.2) 1 (2.9)  
Education (highest level) N (%) N (%)  
   Degree 551 (18.8) 5 (14.3) χ2 = 4.50,5df
   Further qualifications 1056 (36.1) 15 (42.9) p = 0.480
   Left school some qualifications 491 (16.8) 4 (11.4)  
   Left school no qualifications 718 (24.5) 10 (28.6)  
   Did not go to school 24 (0.8) 1 (2.9)  
   Other & Not known 85 (2.9) 0 (0.0)  
Employment N (%) N (%)  
   In paid employment 1291 (44.1) 11 (31.4) χ2 = 8.00,7df
   Self-employed/freelance 204 (7.0) 3 (8.6) p = 0.333
   Unemployed 90 (3.1) 0 (0.0)  
   Retired 970 (33.2) 16 (45.7)  
   Student 63 (2.2) 0 (0.0)  
   Looking after home/family 157 (5.4) 4 (11.4)  
   Sick/disabled 103 (3.5) 1 (2.9)  
   Other 47 (0.6) 0 (0.0)  
  1. *Comparisons relate to cancer self-test users versus all others (i.e. non-cancer self test users and non-self test users)