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Table 1 Patient and tumour characteristics and univariate analysis of tumour stage at diagnosis

From: Health professionals and the early detection of head and neck cancers: a population-based study in a high incidence area

  Stage I-IIa Stage III-IVa p univariate Total
N % N %   N %
Sex 0.209  
 Male 75 27.5 198 72.5   278 81.3
 Female 22 35.5 40 64.5   64 18.7
Age at diagnosis 0.220  
  < 55 years 32 27.6 84 72.4   119 34.8
 55–65 years 33 25.4 97 74.6   130 38.0
  > =65 years 32 36.0 57 64.0   93 27.2
Charlson Index 0.290  
 0 14 35.0 26 65.0   41 12.0
 1 to 2 42 25.1 125 74.9   169 49.4
 3 and over 41 32.0 87 68.0   132 38.6
Département 0.531  
 Calvados 16 23.5 52 76.5   69 20.2
 Manche 15 31.3 33 68.8   48 14.0
 ZPL 43 32.6 89 67.4   135 39.5
 Somme 23 26.4 64 73.6   90 26.3
Tumour site <0.001  
 Oral cavity 44 36.7 76 63.3   124 36.3
 Oropharynx 13 15.3 72 84.7   85 24.8
 Hypopharynx 4 6.5 58 93.5   63 18.4
 Larynx 36 52.9 32 47.1   70 20.5
Deprivation quintileb 0.065  
 Privileged 1 14 32.6 29 67.4   43 12.6
 Quite privileged 2 11 23.9 35 76.1   47 13.8
 Quite underprivileged 3 18 47.4 20 52.6   40 11.8
 Underprivileged 4 22 30.6 50 69.4   74 21.8
 Very underprivileged 5 32 23.9 102 76.1   136 40.0
GP consultation 0.110  
 No 9 19.1 38 80.9   48 14.0
 Yes 88 30.6 200 69.4   294 86.0
GP consultation (in 3 categories) 0.071  
 No consultation 9 19.1 38 80.9   48 14.0
 1 to 2 consultations 14 22.2 49 77.8   64 18.7
  > =3 consultations 74 32.9 151 67.1   230 67.3
Dentist consultation 0.029  
 No 70 26.2 197 73.8   270 79.9
 Yes 27 39.7 41 60.3   72 21.1
Specialist consultation, non-ENT 0.131  
 No 45 25.4 132 74.6   181 52.9
 Yes 52 32.9 106 67.1   161 47.1
ENT specialist consultation 0.002  
 No 71 25.4 208 74.6   286 83.6
 Yes 26 46.4 30 53.6   56 16.4
Nurse consultation 0.646  
 No 54 27.0 139 73.0   195 57.0
 Yes 43 30.3 99 69.7   147 43.0
  1. afor seven patients stage at diagnosis was unknown
  2. bfor two patients the quintile of deprivation was unknown
  3. Abbreviations: ZPL area around Lille, GP general practitioner, ENT ear, nose and throat