Table 1

Characteristics of the Patients in the Study

Characteristic

Number

Average


Number of Patients

35

Age (yrs)

Median (range)

59 (27–92)

Mean

57.9

Gender

Female

20

Male

15

Schooling

None

11

31

Grade School Incomplete

10

29

Grade School Complete

7

20

High School Incomplete

4

11

High School Complete

3

9

College/University

0

0

Place of Residence

Urban

11

31

Rural

24

69

Average Family Income

Less than 1 minimum wage

12

34

2–5 minimum wage

15

43

More than 5 minimum wages

8

23

Tumor Site**

Head and Neck

8

23

Prostate

4

11

Malignant Melanoma

6

17

Breast Cancer

8

23

Cervical Carcinoma

9

26


*Minimum wages are slightly different in rural and urban areas; however, it is approximately $4 U.S. Dollars per day. Less than one minimum wage corresponds to extreme poverty, from 2 to 5 minimum wages are classified as poor people. Cervical Cancer patients often live in extreme poverty.

**All patients had advanced cancer.

Verástegui BMC Medical Ethics 2006 7:13   doi:10.1186/1472-6939-7-13

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