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Table 1 Demographics of participant group

From: Worse and worse off: the impact of lymphedema on work and career after breast cancer

  Breast cancer Breast cancer and lymphedema Pearson Chi square p value
209 (%) 152 (%)
Age at time of survey
 <55 years 44.0 35.5 NS
 ≥55 years 56.0 64.5
Country of birth
 Australia 80.4 80.3 NS
 United Kingdom 9.6 8.6
 New Zealand 4.8 4.6
 Other 5.2 6.5
Marital status
 Single, never married 9.1 6.6 NS
 Married, de facto 75.6 80.3
 Separated/divorced 12.9 11.8
 Widowed 2.4 1.3
Primary carer
 No 65.6 57.9 NS
 Yes 18.2 22.4
 Yes 5.7 3.3
 Yes 3.3 5.9
 Yes 7.2 10.5
Years since treatment of breast cancer
 <5 years 74.6 55.9 0.000
 ≥5 years 25.4 44.1
Years since diagnosis of lymphedema
 <5 years 65.1
 ≥5 years   34.9  
Paid employment at diagnosis of breast cancer 77 63 0.004
Work industry
 Manufacturing 2.5 0.7 NS
 Wholesaling 2.0
 Retailing 8.1 9.6
 Accommodation 1.0 1.4
 Cafés, restaurants 1.5 1.4
 House construction 0.5 1.4
 Health service 20.7 15.1
 Education 22.7 27.4
 Community care service 4.5 5.5
 Telecommunication 0.5 1.4
 Financial services 3.0 6.8
 Other 32.8 29.5
Total household income
 ≤$45,000 20.6 15.1 NS
 >$45,000–<$100,000 29.2 31.6
 ≥100,000 32.1 34.9
 Prefer not to say 18.2 18.4
  1. $ Australian dollars, NS not significant