Table 1

Demographics of survey participants

NHSBSP screening attendersSymptomatic clinic attendersStaffTotal
N (col %)N (col %)N (col %)N (col %)
Age group
 40 or under1 (1.0)16 (15.5)8 (24.2)25 (10.5)
 41 to 5018 (17.6)27 (26.2)11 (33.3)56 (23.5)
 51 to 6050 (49.0)23 (22.3)13 (39.4)86 (36.1)
 61 to 7022 (21.6)17 (16.5)1 (3.0)40 (16.8)
 71 and over11 (10.8)20 (19.4)0 (0.0)31 (13.0)
Relationship status
 Never married12 (11.8)13 (12.6)7 (21.9)32 (13.5)
 Married65 (63.7)61 (59.2)20 (62.5)146 (61.6)
 Separated18 (17.6)15 (14.6)4 (12.5)37 (15.6)
 Widowed7 (6.9)14 (13.6)1 (3.1)22 (9.3)
Employment status
 Working60 (60.6)49 (53.3)33 (100.0)142 (63.4)
 Retired24 (24.2)31 (33.7)0 (0.0)55 (24.6)
 Looking after the home or family10 (10.1)8 (8.7)0 (0.0)18 (8.0)
 Long-term sick or disabled5 (5.1)4 (4.3)0 (0.0)9 (4.0)
General health
 Good79 (79.8)71 (78.9)30 (90.9)180 (81.1)
 Fair16 (16.2)15 (16.7)3 (9.1)34 (15.3)
 Poor4 (4.0)4 (4.4)0 (0.0)8 (3.6)
Treatment history
 Attended screening53 (67.9)23 (31.9)8 (66.7)84 (51.9)
 Investigated for symptoms23 (29.5)24 (33.3)4 (33.3)51 (31.5)
 Treated for breast cancer2 (2.6)25 (34.7)0 (0.0)27 (16.7)
Body mass index group
 Healthy/underweight (<25 kg/m2) 32 (35.6)35 (45.5)15 (50.0)82 (41.6)
 Overweight37 (41.1)19 (24.7)9 (30.0)65 (33.0)
 Obese (≥30 mg/m2) 21 (23.3)23 (29.9)6 (20.0)50 (25.4)
Smoking status
 Current smoker11 (10.9)9 (9.8)0 (0.0)20 (8.8)
 Ex-smoker32 (31.7)33 (35.9)4 (12.1)69 (30.5)
 Never smoked58 (57.4)50 (54.3)29 (87.9)137 (60.6)
Alcohol status
 Has drunk alcohol in last 12/1261 (60.4)66 (73.3)25 (75.8)152 (67.9)
 Has not drunk alcohol in last 12/1240 (39.6)24 (26.7)8 (24.4)72 (32.1)
Total 102 103 33 238
  • NHSBSP, NHS Breast Screening Programme.