Table 1

Demographic and medical characteristics of pancreatic cancer cases and controls, San Francisco Bay Area, CA 1996–1998

Cases (n = 108)Controls (n = 82)Wilcoxon P
Age (yr)
Mean65.565.7
SD11.511.6
Median67.568.5
Range32–8440–85
Usual adult weight (pounds)
Mean161163
SD3330
Median155160
Range95–300110–250
Cholesterola (mg/dL)
Mean165214
SD4038
Median159215<0.001
Range63–302139–323
Triglyceridesa (mg/dL)
Mean154221
SD68148
Median141184<0.001
Range53–56961–832
Total lipidsb (mg/dL)
Mean530707
SD126190
Median503676<0.001
Range254–1019377–1516
n%n%
Race
White8881%7794%
Black76%22%
Asian98%22%
other44%11%
Sex
Female4744%3846%
Male6156%4454%
  • a Nonfasting blood specimens were used.

  • b Total lipids were calculated per Phillips et al. (16) : total lipids = [2.27 total cholesterol] + triglycerides + 0.623.