Table 2

Demographic and other characteristics of breast cancer survivors by herbals and multivitamins/folic acid use, BWHS

Variable

CAM USERS

(n = 681)

CAM NON-USERS

(n = 317)


Age, years (Mean ± SD)

54.7 ± 9.5

52.1 ± 9.4

Education, years (%)*

≤12

20.7

28.1

13-15

28.5

29.3

≥ 16

50.7

42.6

BMI, kg/m2 (Mean ± SD)

29.3 ± 6.0

30.5 ± 9.4

BMI, kg/m2 (%)

<25

23.2

19.6

25-29

37.0

33.1

≥ 30

38.0

42.7

Married (%)

Married/living as married

40.1

41.3

Single

14.4

12.3

Divorced/separated/widowed

42.6

41.0

Menopausal Status (%)*

Premenopausal

12.3

16.7

Postmenopausal

71.1

59.0

Hormonal replacement therapy use (%)

No

89.0

86.8

Yes

9.7

8.8

Family history of breast cancer (%)

No

81.1

77.9

Yes

18.9

22.1

Cigarette smoking (%)*

Non-smoker

90.8

83.2

Current smoker

9.2

16.8

Alcohol consumption (%)

Non-drinker

70.2

73.8

1-3 drinks/week

16.7

12.9

≥ drinks/week

8.5

6.6

Walking for exercise (%)

≤ 2 hours/week

80.0

84.9

>2 hours/week

12.6

9.5

Vigorous physical activity (%)

≤ 2 hours/week

81.8

88.0

>2 hours/week

9.1

6.0


*p value <0.05, percentages do not add to 100% due to missing values

Bright-Gbebry et al. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011 11:30   doi:10.1186/1472-6882-11-30

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