Table 2

Characteristics of asymptomatic first-degree relatives of colorectal cancer patients (n = 405)
Characteristic n %*
Risk category
 At or slightly above average risk 166 41
 Moderately increased risk 43 11
 Potentially high risk 195 48
Sex
 Male 165 41
 Female 240 59
Highest level of education
 University degree 164 41
 Trade or TAFE Certificate/Diploma 72 18
 Secondary schooling completed 44 11
 Secondary schooling not completed 123 31
Marital status
 Married/partnered 315 78
 Not partnered 90 22
Born in Australia
 No 33 8
 Yes 372 92
Employment situation
 Full-time 172 42
 Part-time 87 21
 Not working 114 28
 Other 32 8
Private health insurance
 No 122 30
 Yes 283 70
Geographical location (ARIA)
 Major cities (urban) 211 54
 Regional/remote 182 46
Relationship to index case
 Parent** 22 5
 Sibling 212 52
 Child 171 42
Worry about bowel cancer
 Not worried 175 43
 Worried 230 57
Ever asked about family history of bowel cancer by doctor/health professional
 No 258 64
 Yes 147 36
Mean SD
Age (years) 56.5 13
Quality of life (EQ-5D VAS score) 80.8 13

* Percentage of responses (excluding any missing values). **Parents removed from further regression analyses due to small cell size (n = 22).

Courtney et al.

Courtney et al. BMC Cancer 2013 13:13   doi:10.1186/1471-2407-13-13

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