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Table 2 Characteristics of the participants

From: The population-based oncological health care study OVIS – recruitment of the patients and analysis of the non-participants

  Melanoma Breast cancer Prostate cancer
Variable (N = 608) (N = 1,927) (N = 1,750)
Age at first diagnosis [yrs]
   Mean ± SD 55.5 ± 15.7 58.8 ± 11.3 66.9 ± 7.0
   Median 59 60 66
Sex [%]
   Male 46.1 -- 100
   Female 53.9 100 --
Social level [%]
   Lower 12.4 15.6 14.0
   Middle 65.0 67.9 63.4
   Upper 22.6 16.5 22.6
  (N = 589) (N = 1,851) (N = 1,718)
Spatial category [%]
   Rural 48.4 48.6 56.3
   Urban 51.6 51.4 43.7
Time between initial diagnosis and questioning [%]
   12 months or less 42.9 18.2 23.6
   12 to 24 months 43.4 59.5 58.7
   more than 24 months 13.7 22.3 17.7
Health insurance [%]
   Private 7.7 4.1 9.8
   Statutory 92.3 95.9 90.2
  (N = 534) (N = 1,743) (N = 1,456)
Living with spouse [%] 79.4 73.5 89.5
  (N = 606) (N = 1,921) (N = 1,737)
Detection of cancer [%]
   By myself or by my partner 60.1 56.9 9.1
   By a medical examination 32.8 39.2 82.3
   Other 7.1 3.9 8.6
  (N = 594) (N = 1,914) (N = 1,713)
Surgery [%] 99.3 98.4 70.4
  (N = 602) (N = 1,918) (N = 1,657)
Attendance to a rehabilitation [%] 6.4 52.3 45.1
  (N = 598) (N = 1,871) (N = 1,647)
Global health status (QLQ-C30)
   Mean ± SD 74.1 ± 22.9 65.5 ± 22.4 68.4 ± 20.8
   Median 83.3 66.7 66.7
  (N = 593) (N = 1,866) (N = 1,704)