Table 1

Demographic, psychosocial, and cancer history characteristics of the study sample

VariableLevelsNumber
Age<4591 (31%)
≥45199 (69%)
Marital statusMarried212 (73%)
Unmarried78 (27%)
RaceCaucasian276 (95%)
African American14 (5%)
Education<College graduate74 (26%)
≥College graduate216 (74%)
ReligionCatholic72 (25%)
Jewish97 (33%)
Protestant91 (31%)
Other30 (10%)
Spiritual faithNot strong/a little strong/moderately strong167 (58%)
Very strong123 (42%)
Relatives affected with breast and/or ovarian cancer1–2239 (82%)
3+51 (18%)
Perceived risk for breast cancerLow139 (48%)
High151 (52%)
Perceived risk for ovarian cancerLow142 (49%)
High148 (51%)