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Table 1 Demographic and clinical characteristics of the study sample at three time points

From: Quality of life in patients with breast cancer before and after diagnosis: an eighteen months follow-up study

  Baseline assessment (n = 167) 3 months follow-up (n = 150) 18 months follow-up (n = 99) P*
  No (%) No (%) No (%)  
Age groups (years)     0.03
24–34 33 (19.8) 29 (19.3) 18 (18.2)  
35–44 46 (27.5) 40 (26.7) 29 (29.3)  
45–54 39 (23.4) 38 (25.3) 30 (30.2)  
55–64 28 (16.8) 26 (17.3) 15 (15.2)  
64 > 21 (12.5) 17 (11.4) 7 (7.1)  
Mean (SD) 47.2 (13.5) 47.4 (13.3) 46.4 (12.5)  
Range 24–81 24–81 24–81  
Educational level     0.05
Illiterate 38 (22.8) 34 (22.7) 17 (17.2)  
Primary 78 (46.7) 71 (47.3) 45 (45.5)  
Secondary 33 (19.8) 29 (19.3) 25 (25.2)  
College/university 18 (10.7) 16 (10.7) 12 (12.1)  
Marital status     0.4
Single 15 (9.0) 13 (8.7) 11 (11.1)  
Married 116 (69.4) 105 (70.0) 67 (67.7)  
Widowed 36 (21.6) 32 (21.3) 21 (21.2)  
Disease stage     0.4
Local 29 (17.4) 25 (16.7) 18 (18.2)  
Loco-regional 76 (45.5) 71 (47.3) 48 (48.5)  
Metastasis 62 (37.1) 54 (36.0) 33 (33.3)  
Initial management     0.09
Mastectomy 138 (82.6) 125 (83.3) 84 (84.8)  
Conservative surgery 15 (9.0) 14 (9.3) 11 (11.1)  
Chemotherapy 11 (6.6) 10 (6.7) 4 (4.1)  
Best supportive care 3 (1.8) 1 (0.7) 0 (0.0)  
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