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Table 4 Odds ratios (OR)* and 95% confidence intervals (CI) of low QOL on SF-36 PCS and MCS, CARES-SF global score, CARES-SF sexuality scale, and CES-D in 217 women aged 40–49 at the time of their diagnosis of breast cancer, according to selected characteristics using forward stepwise logistic regression.

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

Characteristics SF-36 PCSA SF-36 MCSB CARES-SF Global ScaleC CARES-SF Sexuality ScaleD CESDE
  Odds Ratio (95% CI)
Breast-related symptoms at survey
No 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
Yes 3.7 (1.6–8.2) 2.3 (1.2–4.6) 3.1 (1.6–6.1) 3.1 (1.5–6.3) 2.6 (1.4–4.9)
Annual income
<$35,000 1.0 1.0 1.0   
$35,001–75,000 0.3 (0.1–0.8) 1.2 (0.5–2.8) 0.4 (0.2–0.9)   
>$75,000 0.2 (0.1–0.5) 0.4 (0.1–1.0) 0.3 (0.1–0.7)   
Chemotherapy (between diagnosis and survey)
No 1.0   1.0 1.0  
Yes 2.4 (1.0–5.7)   3.1 (1.6–6.2) 3.4 (1.6–7.0)  
Type of surgery
Breast Conserving Therapy 1.0     
Mastectomy 2.6 (1.1–6.1)     
Education
≤ High school      1.0
Some college/technical school      2.4 (1.0–5.4)
≥ College graduate      0.7 (0.3–1.6)
Last mammogram
≥2 years    1.0   
< 2 years    0.3 (0.1–0.9)   
  1. A. OR represents the odds of having low QOL (≤ 40.0) compared to high QOL (>40.0) on the PCS. B. OR represents the odds of having low QOL (≤ 40.0) compared to high QOL (>40.0) on the MCS. C. OR represents the odds of having low QOL (>.70) compared to high QOL (≤ .70) on CARES-SF Global. D. OR represents the odds of having low QOL (≥ 2.0) compared to high QOL (<2.0) on CARES-SF Sexuality. E. OR represents the odds of having more depressive symptoms (≥ 16) compared to fewer depressive symptoms (<16) on CESD.