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Table 1 Baseline characteristics (socio-demographic, lifestyle/health factors, and screening behavior other than mammography) in 50–69 year-old women: Swiss Health Survey 2012a

From: Breast cancer screening attendance in two Swiss regions dominated by opportunistic or organized screening

   German region French region
Women, n   1938 831
Age, mean   58.5 59.1
   % %
Educational level High 19.4 24.9
Middle 66.5 56.1
Low 14.1 19.0
Nationality Swiss 89.9 84.7
Non-Swiss 10.1 15.3
Place of residence Urban 71.1 74.5
Rural 28.9 25.5
Marital status married/registered partnership 66.0 59.4
Single, divorced/dissolved partnership, separated, widowed 34.0 40.6
BMI Underweight (BMI < 18.5 kg/m2) 3.6 4.0
Normal weight (BMI 18.5–24.9 kg/m2) 55.8 58.1
Overweight (BMI 25–29.9 kg/m2) 27.5 27.8
Obesity (BMI ≥ 30 kg/m2) 13.1 10.2
Smoking status Never smoker 50.9 44.1
Ex-smoker 25.7 30.5
Current smoker 23.4 25.4
Alcohol Never 27.6 33.6
<20 g ethanol per day 68.5 60.0
≥20 g ethanol per day 4.0 6.4
Physical activity ≥150 min. per week 76.2 60.3
<150 min. per week 23.7 39.7
Attention to diet Yes 86.6 64.8
No 13.4 35.2
Self-perceived health Good, very good 81.1 71.4
Fair, poor, very poor 18.9 28.6
Chronic diseaseb No 57.0 59.5
Yes 43.0 40.5
Psychological distress Low 82.8 73.3
Moderate 12.0 18.3
High 4.9 8.4
Visits to a physician within the recent year no 16.5 10.7
1 to 5 times 62.8 66.4
6 to 10 times 12.6 13.9
>10 times 7.8 9.1
Cervical cancer screening Yes 90.8 78.3
No 9.2 21.7
Colorectal cancer screening Yes 36.0 35.9
No 64.0 64.1
  1. a all proportions are weighted according the Swiss general population, except n
  2. b self-reported ongoing diseases or health problems lasting for at least 6 months or expected to last further 6 months