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Table 1 Characteristics of adults who died due to lung, colorectal, breast or prostate cancer in Nova Scotia between April 1, 1992 and March 31, 1998

From: Health care restructuring and family physician care for those who died of cancer

Characteristic Number of deaths (%)
Fiscal year of death  
   1992/93 1142 (15.8)
   1993/94 1162 (16.1)
   1994/95 1243 (17.2)
   1995/96 1245 (17.3)
   1996/97 1241 (17.2)
   1997/98 1179 (16.4)
Sex  
   Female 3126 (43.3)
   Male 4086 (56.7)
Age group (years)  
   < 65 1740 (24.1)
   65–74 2151 (29.8)
   75–84 2247 (31.2)
   85+ 1074 (14.9)
Cancer cause of death  
   Lung 3674 (50.9)
   Colorectal 1223 (17.0)
   Breast 1243 (17.2)
   Prostate 1072 (14.9)
Survival time (days)  
   <31 723 (10.0)
   31–60 470 (6.5)
   61–90 340 (4.7)
   91–120 277 (3.8)
   121–150 222 (3.1)
   >150 5180 (71.8)
Region of death  
   Halifax regional municipality 2293 (31.9)
   Cape Breton Island 1153 (16.0)
   All other regions of Nova Scotia 3751 (52.1)