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Table 1 Characteristics of the respondents

From: Quality of life of women with breast cancer in a tertiary referral university hospital

Characteristic Number (n = 173) Percentage (%)
1. Sociodemographic   
 Age (years)   
  30–39 7 4.0
  40–49 34 19.7
  50–59 61 35.3
  60–69 57 32.9
  > 70 14 8.1
 Marital status   
  Single 14 8.1
  Married 139 80.3
  Divorced 9 5.2
  Widowed 11 6.4
 Ethnicity   
  Malay 117 67.6
  Chinese 44 25.4
  Indian 12 6.9
  Others 0 0.0
 Level of formal education   
  None 8 4.6
  Primary 32 18.5
  Secondary 77 44.5
  Tertiary 56 32.4
 Employment status   
  Never employed 37 21.4
  Unemployed 32 18.5
  Self employed 4 2.3
  Part time 3 1.7
  Full time 48 27.8
  Pensioner 49 28.3
 Presence of concurrent illnesses   
  Yes 99 57.2
  No 74 42.8
2. Duration and Treatment   
 Duration of breast cancer   
  < 1 year 40 23.1
  ≥ 1- 5 years 82 47.4
  ≥ 5- 10 years 26 15.0
  ≥ 10–15 years 16 9.2
  ≥ 15 years 9 5.2
 Treatment received   
  Endocrine (Hormonal) therapy   
  Yes 121 69.9
  No 52 30.1
 Chemotherapy   
  Yes 137 79.2
  No 36 20.8
 Radiotherapy   
  Yes 121 69.9
  No 52 30.1
 Surgery   
  Yes 163 94.2
  No 10 5.8
 Traditional medicine   
  Yes 41 23.7
  No 132 76.3
3. Financial monthly income   
 Individual (RM)   
  ≤ 500 64 37.0
  > 500–1000 24 13.9
  > 1000–5000 68 39.3
  > 5000 17 9.8
 Household (RM)   
  ≤ 1000 32 18.5
  > 1000–3000 52 30.1
  > 3000–5000 30 17.3
  > 5000–10,000 47 27.2
  > 10,000 12 6.9
 Savings affected   
  Yes 42 24.3
  No 131 73.4
 Problem buying basic needs   
  Yes 19 11.0
  No 154 89.0
 Property affected   
  Yes 12 6.9
  No 161 93.1