Table 1.

Characteristics of adult cancer survivors, stratified by age and rural–urban status, from the National Health Interview Survey (2006–2010)a

Ages 18–64 yearsAges ≥65 years
RuralUrbanRuralUrban
n = 791n = 3,008n = 851n = 3,154
Sample characteristics% (SE)% (SE)% (SE)% (SE)
Age, y
 <5039.6 (1.8)41.1 (1.0)
 50–6460.4 (1.8)58.9 (1.0)
 65–7972.1 (1.8)67.2 (1.0)
 ≥8027.9 (1.8)32.8 (1.0)
Race/ethnicity
 African American5.0 (1.0)9.8 (0.7)4.0 (0.6)6.8 (0.5)
 Hispanic3.7 (1.0)8.1 (0.6)1.5 (0.4)4.9 (0.4)
 Non-Hispanic white88.1 (1.3)78.7 (0.9)93.5 (0.8)85.3 (0.7)
 AsianN/A2.5 (0.3)0.6 (0.3)2.4 (0.3)
 Other3.0 (0.8)0.9 (0.2)N/A0.5 (0.2)
Sex
 Male29.8 (2.0)32.9 (1.0)49.0 (1.9)46.8 (1.1)
 Female70.2 (2.0)67.1 (1.0)51.0 (1.9)53.2 (1.1)
Marital status
 Married/living together65.5 (1.9)66.6 (1.0)61.3 (2.1)58.7 (1.1)
 Not married34.5 (1.9)33.4 (1.0)38.7 (2.1)41.3 (1.1)
Education
 <High school18.6 (2.1)10.2 (0.6)28.6 (2.0)19.1 (0.9)
 High School/GED36.0 (2.0)26.3 (0.9)32.7 (2.2)30.9 (1.1)
 <Bachelors28.9 (1.5)30.8 (1.0)22.0 (1.6)24.5 (1.0)
 ≥Bachelors16.6 (1.8)32.7 (1.2)16.6 (1.5)25.6 (1.0)
Insurance status
 Private with/without public52.3 (2.3)72.2 (1.0)61.4 (2.2)61.2 (1.1)
 Public only28.5 (1.9)17.0 (0.8)38.5 (2.2)38.6 (1.1)
 None19.2 (1.8)10.8 (0.7)0.1 (0.1)0.3 (0.1)
Comorbidities, number
 036.1 (1.9)48.1 (1.1)20.8 (1.6)22.7 (0.8)
 134.3 (2.0)30.3 (0.9)35.1 (1.7)35.0 (1.1)
 218.5 (1.5)14.1 (0.7)23.8 (1.4)26.6 (0.9)
 ≥311.1 (1.3)7.6 (0.6)20.3 (1.4)15.6 (0.7)
Cancer site
 Breast17.1 (1.3)20.5 (0.8)23.9 (1.7)24.3 (0.9)
 Prostate6.8 (1.2)8.0 (0.6)23.7 (1.7)25.4 (1.0)
 Gynecologic33.1 (1.8)25.2 (1.0)9.5 (1.4)9.4 (0.6)
 Melanoma9.4 (1.2)11.4 (0.8)9.2 (1.2)9.2 (0.7)
 Hematologic6.7 (1.0)7.2 (0.6)6.1 (1.1)5.4 (0.5)
 Colorectal6.3 (0.9)5.7 (0.5)11.1 (1.4)12.5 (0.7)
 Testicular2.6 (0.7)2.4 (0.4)0.5 (0.3)0.1 (0.1)
 Lung2.6 (0.5)2.7 (0.4)5.4 (0.9)5.3 (0.5)
 Other23.7 (1.8)23.3 (1.0)20.4 (1.7)19.5 (0.9)
No. of cancers
 189.5 (1.3)92.7 (0.6)90.3 (1.1)88.5 (0.8)
 >110.5 (1.3)7.3 (0.6)9.7 (1.1)11.5 (0.8)
Time since diagnosis, y
 <214.7 (1.4)15.8 (0.8)13.6 (1.5)13.8 (0.8)
 2–≤525.1 (1.9)29.2 (1.0)25.4 (2.0)25.7 (1.0)
 6–≤916.0 (1.7)17.2 (0.9)17.0 (1.4)14.6 (0.8)
 ≥1044.2 (2.1)37.8 (1.1)44.0 (2.1)46.0 (1.2)
Health status
 Excellent9.6 (1.0)16.6 (0.9)9.0 (1.2)11.1 (0.7)
 Very good22.8 (1.7)28.7 (0.9)20.6 (1.5)23.2 (0.9)
 Good29.3 (1.9)30.8 (1.0)35.6 (2.0)36.4 (1.0)
 Fair23.0 (1.9)15.7 (0.8)23.7 (1.6)21.5 (0.9)
 Poor15.2 (1.7)8.3 (0.6)11.1 (1.2)7.8 (0.6)
Geographic region
 Northeast12.9 (2.6)20.1 (1.3)8.7 (1.9)22.2 (1.2)
 Midwest28.0 (2.7)23.2 (1.1)32.8 (3.2)21.7 (1.3)
 South42.1 (3.2)35.4 (1.4)44.1 (3.4)33.9 (1.5)
 West17.0 (2.3)21.2 (1.0)14.5 (2.4)22.2 (1.1)
  • aWeighted percentages. Comorbidities are categorized to include hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, and stroke.