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Table 1 Characteristics of breast cancer survivors undergoing whole breast irradiation

From: Radiation-irritated skin and hyperpigmentation may impact the quality of life of breast cancer patients after whole breast radiotherapy

Characteristics Number of persons(N = 421) Percentage(%)
Age, years
  < 30 12 2.85
 30–40 109 25.89
 40–50 212 50.36
 50–60 74 17.58
  > = 60 14 3.33
Operation
 Total mastectomy 100 23.75
 Partial mastectomy 321 76.25
Chemotherapy
 Yes 305 72.45
 No 116 27.55
Interval after radiotherapy, months
  < 1 44 10.45
 1–6 109 25.89
 6–12 91 21.62
 12–24 93 22.09
  > 24 84 19.95
Sweating in the radiation field
 Absent sweating and hotness 142 33.73
 Absent sweating 189 44.89
 Normal 90 21.38
Dryness in the radiation field
 Dry skin and itchy 184 43.71
 Dry skin 156 37.05
 Normal 81 19.24
Seasonal skin irritation
 Yes 191 45.37
 No 230 54.63
History of post-RT severe skin disorder (eczema, contact dermatitis)
 Yes 76 18.05
 No 345 81.95
Skin color deposition
 Severe 112 26.60
 Mild 224 53.21
 None 85 20.19
Bother with dry skin
 Yes 211 50.12
 No 210 49.88
Bother with skin color
 Yes 244 57.96
 No 177 42.04
Ever felt sadness or depression due to the skin problem
 Yes 89 21.14
 No 332 78.86
  1. Abbreviation: RT, Radiotherapy
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