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Table 4 Diagnosis delay in Libyan breast cancer by an accordance to socio-economic factors, health behavior and tumor related factors

From: Diagnosis delay in Libyan female breast cancer

Predicting factors Number of patients Proportion of patients according to diagnosis time (percent) P value
    <3 months 3-6 months >6 months  
Age years < 50 133 48.9 18.0 33.1 0.033
  ≥ 50 67 35.8 11.9 52.2  
Age years < 50 133 48.9 18.0 33.1 0.004
  50-65 32 53.1 12.5 34.4  
  ≥ 65 35 20.0 11.4 68.6  
Current employment status House wife 111 38.7 16.2 45.0 0.09
  Employed 89 51.7 15.7 32.6  
Education Literate 124 61.6 18.1 20.3 0.009
  Illiteracy 76 30.9 15.8 53.3  
Menopausal status Pre-menopausal 127 49.6 18.1 32.3 0.054
  Pos-menopausal 73 35.6 12.3 52.1  
Marital status Married 158 43.7 14.6 41.8 0.648
  Single 42 47.6 21.4 31.0  
Breast feeding Yes 133 41.4 13.5 45.1 0.09
  No 16 62.5 12.5 25.0  
Oral contraceptive Yes <5 years 35 45.7 8.6 45.7 0.043
  Yes > 5 years 14 14.3 28.6 57.1  
  No t used 151 47.0 16.6 36.4  
Family history Positive 18 55.6 5.6 38.9 0.324
  Negative 182 43.4 17.0 39.6  
History of benign breast disease Yes 30 26.7 20.0 53.3 0.029
  No 170 47.6 15.3 37.1  
Breast self examination Yes 9 100.0 0.0 0.0 <0.0001
  No 191 41.9 16.8 41.4  
Symptoms Lump 136 58.8 16.9 24.3 <0.0001
  Others 64 14.1 14.1 71.9