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Table 3 Mean values for quality of life sub-scales by presence of breast related symptoms at the time of survey.*

From: Quality of life of 5–10 year breast cancer survivors diagnosed between age 40 and 49

  Pain
N = 42
Other symptoms
N = 38
No symptoms
N = 132
P-value†
SF-36 sub scales
   Physical functioning 70.2 74.9 85.7 <.01
   Role function, physical 58.3 63.2 81.0 <.01
   Bodily pain 57.0 68.9 77.0 <.01
   General health 62.2 65.9 72.6 .01
   Vitality 42.0 50.0 57.2 <.01
   Social functioning 64.9 77.4 81.8 <.01
   Role function, emotional 49.2 73.0 76.3 <.01
   Mental health 62.1 70.2 73.0 <.01
SF-36 PCS 44.2 45.6 50.9 <.01
SF-36 MCS 41.2 47.6 48.2 .01
CESD 17.4 12.6 9.9 <.01
CARES-SF sub scales
   CARES Physical 0.8 0.6 0.3 <.01
   CARES Medical 0.6 0.3 0.4 .47
   CARES Psychosocial 1.1 0.7 0.6 <.01
   CARES Sexual 2.1 1.4 1.3 .02
   CARES Marital 1.0 0.5 0.5 .02
   CARES Global 0.9 0.6 0.5 <.01
  1. *Scoring: SF-36 subscales 0 to 100 with higher scores indicating higher QOL; CESD 0 to 60 with higher score indicating more depressive symptoms; CARES-SF 0–4 with higher score indicating more difficulty or impairment. † P value is for the comparison of women with presence of any symptoms at survey to those with no symptoms based on ANOVA.