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Table 2 Description of the sample

From: Negative cancer beliefs, recognition of cancer symptoms and anticipated time to help-seeking: an international cancer benchmarking partnership (ICBP) study

  All Females Males
N = 20,814 (100%) N = 12,456 (59.8%) N = 8358 (40.2%)
Age group, n (%)
 50–59 years 7375 (35.4) 4414 (35.4) 2961 (35.4)
 60–69 years 7510 (36.1) 4416 (35.5) 3094 (37.0)
 70–79 years 4234 (20.3) 2564 (20.6) 1670 (20.0)
  ≥ 80 years 1695 (8.1) 1062 (8.5) 633 (7.6)
Marital status
 Cohabiting 12,665 (60.9) 6747 (54.2) 5918 (70.8)
 Single 8082 (38.8) 5665 (45.5) 2417 (28.9)
Education
 No university degree 14,334 (68.9) 8911 (71.5) 5423 (64.9)
 University degree 6331 (30.4) 3448 (27.7) 2883 (34.5)
Smoking status
 Not current smoker 17,600 (84.6) 10,605 (85.1) 6995 (83.7)
 Current smoker 3207 (15.4) 1847 (14.8) 1360 (16.3)
Experience of cancer (self and/or family/friend)
 Yes 17,157 (82.4) 10,698 (85.9) 6459 (77.3)
 No 3629 (17.4) 1745 (14.0) 1884 (22.5)
Anticipated interval for persistent cough
 Short 16,006 (76.9) 9578 (76.9) 6428 (76.9)
 Long (>  1 month) 4111 (19.8) 2466 (19.8) 1645 (19.7)
Anticipated interval for rectal bleeding
 Short 17,634 (84.7) 10,588 (85.0) 7046 (84.3)
 Long (>  1 week) 2857 (13.7) 1675 (13.5) 1182 (14.1)
Recognition of persistent cough or hoarseness as cancer symptom
 Yes 15,155 (72.8) 9501 (76.3) 5654 (67.7)
 No 4951 (23.8) 2558 (20.5) 2393 (28.6)
Recognition of unexplained bleeding as cancer symptom
 Yes 18,187 (87.4) 11,157 (89.6) 7030 (84.1)
 No 2018 (9.7) 1005 (8.1) 1013 (12.1)
Number of negative cancer beliefs (coded as)
 0 (0) 6427 (30.9) 3420 (27.5) 3007 (36.0)
 1 (1) 8412 (40.4) 5225 (42.0) 3187 (38.1)
 2 (2) 4180 (20.1) 2682 (21.5) 1498 (17.9)
 3 (3) 1347 (6.5) 849 (6.8) 498 (6.0)
 4–6 (>  4) 448 (2.2) 280 (2.3) 168 (2.0)
  1. Sums vary because of missing data