Table 2.

Characteristics SCCHN patients and control subjects

VariableCases (n = 57)
Controls (n = 63)
P*
No. (%)No. (%)
Age (y)
    ≤5524 (42)25 (40)
    >5533 (58)38 (60)0.787
Sex
    Male43 (75)39 (62)
    Female14 (25)24 (38)0.112
Ethnic group
    African-American3 (5)3 (5)
    Mexican-American3 (5)4 (6)
    Non–Hispanic White51 (90)56 (89)0.962
Tobacco use
    Yes42 (74)31 (49)
    No15 (26)32 (51)0.006
Alcohol use
    Yes43 (75)33 (52)
    No14 (25)30 (48)0.009
  • * Calculated using two-sided χ2 test.

  • The question asked was, “Have you ever smoked at least 100 cigarettes in your lifetime?”

  • The question asked was, “Have you ever drunk alcoholic beverages at least once a week for 1 year or more?”