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Table 1 Distribution of socio-demographic characteristics, cancer type, symptom type and agreement with the five symptom attribuations

From: Symptom attributions in patients with colorectal cancer

  Cancer Agree % (n) Total (n) Benign somatic causes Agree % (n) Total (n) Psycho-logical causes Agree % (n) Total (n) Lifestyle related cause Agree % (n) Total (n) Causes beyond individual control Agree % (n) Total (n)
Gender           
Male 33.1 (80) 242 58.6 (137) 234 30.3 (73) 241 33.9 (81) 239 55.5 (132) 238
Female 26.2 (50) 191 59.7 (109) 183 42.6 (81) 190 30.0 (56) 187 59.5 (110) 185
Age           
≤64 28.1 (43) 153 68.7 (103) 150 41.8 (64) 153 39.1 (59) 151 54.7 (82) 150
65+ 31.1 (87) 280 53.6 (143) 267 32.4 (90) 278 28.9 (78) 275 58.6 (160) 273
Marital status           
Married/coh. 29.1 (87) 299 58.7 (169) 288 32.9 (98) 298 30.0 (88) 293 58.2 (171) 294
Living alone 32.1 (43) 134 59.7 (77) 129 42.1 (56) 133 36.8 (49) 133 55.0 (71) 129
Education           
Short 28.6 (42) 147 46.8 (66) 141 43.2 (63) 146 35.2 (51) 145 61.5 (88) 143
Middle 31.3 (62) 198 67.0 (126) 188 33.5 (66) 197 29.0 (58) 193 57.7 (112) 194
High 28.6 (22) 77 63.6 (49) 77 26.0 (20) 77 35.1 (27) 77 48.0 (36) 75
Cancer type           
Colon 28.6 (79) 276 51.1 (135) 264 37.8 (104) 275 32.8 (89) 271 58.9 (159) 270
Rectal 31.6 (42) 133 72.1 (93) 129 31.8 (42) 132 31.3 (41) 131 53.5 (69) 129
Blood in stool           
Yes 44.1 (63) 143 71.9 (100) 139 32.2 (46) 143 26.2 (37) 141 60.0 (84) 140
No 23.1 (67) 290 52.5 (146) 278 37.5 (108) 288 35.1 (100) 285 55.8 (158) 283
Abdominal pain          
Yes 22.9 (16) 70 43.1 (28) 65 41.4 (29) 70 42.9 (30) 70 55.9 (38) 68
No 31.4 (114) 363 61.9 (218) 352 34.6 (125) 361 30.1 (107) 356 57.5 (204) 355
Change in bowel habits          
Yes 26.4 (33) 125 63.4 (78) 123 36.0 (45) 125 36.3 (45) 124 55.7 (68) 122
No 31.5 (97) 308 57.1 (168) 294 35.6 (109) 306 30.5 (92) 302 57.8 (174) 301
Other symptoms a          
Yes 19.0 (18) 95 44.4 (40) 90 36.6 (34) 93 27.5 (25) 91 55.9 (52) 93
No 33.1 (112) 338 63.0 (206) 327 35.5 (120) 338 33.4 (112) 335 57.6 (190) 330
  1. Bold font represents statistically significant differences between groups p < .05 (chi2)
  2. aSymptoms such as fatigue, nausea, fever and decreased appetite