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Table 1 Patients’ sociodemographic and disease-related characteristics

From: Using the Health Belief Model to explore why women decide for or against the removal of their ovaries to reduce their risk of developing cancer

Characteristic Patients (n = 18)
Age in years, mean (SD, range) 57 (15, 59)
 18–39 17% (3)
 40–59 39% (7)
 60 or older 44% (8)
Menopausal status at the time of decision making
 Pre menopause 33% (6)
 Currently undergoing menopause 6% (1)
 Post menopause 61% (11)
Previous cancer diagnosis
 Yes 61% (11)
 No 39% (7)
Marital status
 Married 44% (8)
 De factoa 17% (3)
 Divorced or separated 11% (2)
 Single 28% (5)
Highest level of education
 Secondary school 50% (9)
 Vocational 28% (5)
 University 22% (4)
Gene mutations
 BRCA1 0 (0)
 BRCA2 28% (5)
 Other (e.g. Lynch Syndrome) 5.6% (1)
 None 67% (12)
Oophorectomy
 Yes 61% (11)
 No 39% (7)
  1. aAccording to the Australian Department for Home Affairs a de facto partner relationship exists if all of the following applies: i) the partners are not legally married to each other; ii) they are committed to a shared life to the exclusion of all others; iii) their relationship is genuine and continuing; iv) they live together or do not live separately and apart on a permanent basis; v) they are not related by family [68]