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Table 1 Characteristics of study participants

From: Awareness of Palestinians about lung cancer symptoms: a national cross-sectional study

Characteristic Total (n = 4762) Gaza Strip (n = 2020) WBJ (n = 2742) p value
Age, median [IQR] 32.0 [24.0, 44.0] 30.0 [24.0, 40.0] 34.0 [24.0, 47.0] < 0.001
Age group, n (%)     
 18 to 44 3572 (75.0) 1634 (80.9) 1938 (70.7) < 0.001
 45 or older 1190 (25.0) 386 (19.1) 804 (29.3)  
Female gender, n (%) 2618 (55.0) 1086 (53.8) 1532 (55.9) 0.15
Educational level, n (%)     
 Secondary or below 2375 (49.9) 955 (47.3) 1420 (51.8) 0.002
 Post-secondary 2387 (50.1) 1065 (52.7) 1322 (48.2)  
Occupation, n (%)     
 Unemployed/housewife 2003 (42.1) 970 (48.0) 1033 (37.7) < 0.001
 Employed 2160 (45.4) 814 (40.3) 1346 (49.1)  
 Retired 111 (2.3) 46 (2.3) 65 (2.4)  
 Student 488 (10.2) 190 (9.4) 298 (10.8)  
  Monthly income ≥ 1450 NIS, n (%) 3241 (68.1) 683 (33.8) 2558 (93.3) < 0.001
Marital status, n (%)     
 Single 1480 (31.1) 641 (31.7) 839 (30.6) 0.07
 Married 3117 (65.5) 1323 (65.5) 1794 (65.4)  
 Divorced/Widowed 165 (3.5) 56 (2.8) 109 (4.0)  
  Having a chronic disease, n (%) 1032 (21.7) 313 (15.5) 719 (26.2) < 0.001
  Knowing someone with cancer, n (%) 2571 (54.0) 1045 (51.7) 1526 (55.7) 0.007
Ever smoked, n (%)     
 Cigarettes 1127 (23.7) 417 (20.6) 710 (25.9) < 0.001
 Waterpipe (Shisha) 499 (10.5) 142 (7.0) 357 (13.0) < 0.001
Site of data collection, n (%)     
 Public Spaces 1920 (40.3) 784 (38.8) 1136 (41.4) < 0.001
 Hospitals 1628 (34.2) 651 (32.2) 977 (35.7)  
 Primary healthcare centers 1214 (25.5) 585 (29.0) 629 (22.9)  
  1. n, number of participants; IQR, interquartile range; WBJ, West Bank and Jerusalem