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Table 1 Characteristics of the accounts (followers > 500)

From: Cancer patients on Twitter: a novel patient community on social media

Variables   Numbers
Sex (male/female/unknown)   24/24/3
Patients (male/female/unknown) Breast cancer 13 (1/12/0)
  Malignant lymphoma 10 (8/1/1)
  Leukemia 5 (2/3/0)
  Stomach cancer 5 (3/1/1)
  Uterine cancer 4 (0/4/0)
  Brain tumor 4 (4/0/0)
  Colon cancer 4 (2/1/1)
  Renal cancer 1 (1/0/0)
  Prostate cancer 1 (1/0/0)
  Thyroid cancer 1 (0/1/0)
  Lung cancer 1 (1/0/0)
  Bladder cancer 1 (1/0/0)
  Ovarian cancer 10/1/0
Area (male/female/unknown) Hokkaido, Tohoku 1 (1/0/0)
  Kanto 23 (7/14/2)
  Chubu 11 (6/5/0)
  Kinki 8 (4/4/0)
  Chugoku 0
  Shikoku 0
  Kyushu, Okinawa 2 (1/1/0)
  Unknown 6 (5/0/1)
Identified by full name   27 (12/15/0) (52.9%)
Profile photograph of self   21 (11/10/0) (41.2%)
Contained link to any Web site   14 (9/5/0) (27.5%)
Link to own blog   22 (11/10/1) (43.1%)
Followers Average 2079
  Median 1077
  Minimum 520
  Maximum 33828
Tweets Average 5608
  Median 2370
  Minimum 44
  Maximum 44746
Tweets/day Average 15.2
  Median 5.7
  Minimum 0.1
  Maximum 126.3