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Table 2 Descriptive statistics for the Belgian male study population aged 50–79 years for the periods 1991–1997 and 2001–2008

From: Evolution of educational inequalities in site-specific cancer mortality among Belgian men between the 1990s and 2000s using a “fundamental cause” perspective

  1991–1997 2001–2008
Number of men aged 50–79 years during follow-up 1,714,999 1,967,404
Percentage of the total male population aged 50–79 years during follow-up 35.17% 39.28%
Person-years 9,048,137 10,362,159
Number of cancer deaths 76,117 70,181
Distribution of education (%)
 Lower secondary or less 73.14 56.68
 Upper secondary 15.26 21.92
 Tertiary education 10.65 21.40
  1. Source: censuses of 1991 and 2001 linked to Population and Mortality Register Data for the periods 1991–1997 and 2001–2008