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Table 2 Characteristics of the reference population and the cancer patients

From: Use of general practice, diagnostic investigations and hospital services before and after cancer diagnosis - a population-based nationwide registry study of 127,000 incident adult cancer patients

  Women Men
  References Patients References Patients
Total (n (%)) 633,620 100.0 63,362 100.0 638,480 100.0 63,848 100.0
Age (years)
40-59 193,210 30.5 19,321 30.5 144,390 22.6 14,439 22.6
60-79 319,440 50.4 31,944 50.4 387,190 60.6 38,719 60.6
80+ 120,970 19.1 12,097 19.1 106,900 16.7 10,690 16.7
Country of origin
Danish 603,303 95.2 60,881 96.1 612,551 95.9 61,698 96.6
Immigrant/descendant Western country 17,723 2.8 1,652 2.6 13,396 2.1 1,281 2.0
Immigrant/descendant non-Western country 12,444 2.0 829 1.3 12,308 1.9 867 1.4
Marital status
Married 322,777 50.9 30,971 48.9 435,587 68.2 42,116 66.0
Not married 310,843 49.1 32,391 51.1 202,893 31.8 21,732 34.0
Education
Basic 279,425 44.1 28,461 44.9 228,450 35.8 23,319 36.5
Short 185,337 29.3 18,624 29.4 252,794 39.6 25,580 40.1
Long 81,025 12.8 7,777 12.3 84,125 13.2 7,640 12.0
Unknown 87,833 13.9 8,500 13.4 73,111 11.5 7,309 11.4
Labour market affiliation
Working 185,897 29.3 17,886 28.2 196,051 30.7 17,741 27.8
Unemployed 19,256 3.0 1,972 3.1 13,234 2.1 1,536 2.4
Retired 419,395 66.2 42,636 67.3 424,694 66.5 44,043 69.0
Leave and other 8,898 1.4 868 1.4 4,255 0.7 522 0.8
Income
Low 130,388 20.6 13,129 20.7 123,343 19.3 12,916 20.2
Middle 320,401 50.6 32,355 51.1 314,205 49.2 32,491 50.9
High 182,661 28.8 17,878 28.2 200,693 31.4 18,438 28.9
  1. Notes: The references (1:10) were matched on age and gender.
  2. Missing data are not showed when representing less than 1%.