Table 1.

Characteristics of long-term cancer survivors and comparison subjects

CharacteristicNoncancer comparisons, % (n = 5,808)Long-term cancer survivors, % (n = 968)P*
Age, y1.000
Social marital status0.807
    Not married44.745.1
Highest education level0.932
    Tertiary qualification21.721.3
    Year 11/1219.119.0
    Year 10 or below56.957.5
    Not stated2.32.2
Employment status0.434
    Employed full time27.024.8
    Employed part time15.316.7
    Not in labor force55.756.5
Weekly household income0.085
    Not stated17.216.2
Private health insurance0.163
    Major city65.161.9
    Inner regional22.324.1
Long-term comorbidities by major disease grouping
    Diseases of the blood and blood-forming organs2.44.20.002
    Endocrine, nutritional and metabolic diseases17.219.20.128
    Mental and behavioral problems10.513.20.013
    Diseases of the circulatory system35.638.70.064
    Diseases of the respiratory system33.439.20.001
    Diseases of the digestive system11.516.1<0.001
    Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue51.558.6<0.001
No. selected long-term comorbid disease groups<0.001
    One or two56.256.2
    Three or more23.330.3
  • * All P values are for two-sided χ2 test.

  • Cancer survivors and the comparison group were matched by 5-year age group and sex.

  • χ2 test excludes “not stated” or “unknown” response categories.