Table 1.

Characteristics of study participants in a case-control study of pituitary tumors, United Kingdom, 2001 to 2005

CharacteristicCases (n = 299)
Controls (n = 630)
n%n%
Sex
    Male14247.529446.7
    Female15752.533653.3
Age at reference date (y)
    18-29268.7497.8
    30-397023.412019.1
    40-4910334.520031.8
    50-5910033.426141.4
Townsend deprivation score*
    1 (most affluent)6822.719030.2
    26220.714122.4
    36521.714022.2
    44715.710817.1
    5 (least affluent)5719.1518.1
Marital status
    Single6020.19414.9
    Married/cohabiting21270.947174.8
    Separated/divorced248.0528.3
    Widowed31.0121.9
    Not known10.2
Type of tumor
    Nonfunctioning6622.1
    Hormone secreting16856.2
    Not known6521.7
Hormone secreted (if hormone secreting)
    Growth hormone5919.7
    Adreno-corticotropic hormone4214.0
    Prolactin217.0
    Follicle-stimulating hormone and/or luteinizing hormone196.4
    Thyroid-stimulating hormone10.3
    Growth hormone and prolactin93.0
    Other multihormonal144.7
    Type unknown31.0
  • Abbreviation: PRL, prolactin; GH, growth hormone.

  • * Townsend score (Townsend, et al. 2008; ref. 24), a postcode-based measure of deprivation, categorized into quintiles based on 2001 census data (ref. 34).