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Table 2 Sociodemographic and clinical characteristics of the participants with BCRL (n = 51) and BC without lymphedema (n = 34)

From: Psychometric performance of the Arabic versions of the Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-Breast plus Arm morbidity (FACT-B + 4) in patients with breast cancer related lymphedema: cross-sectional study

Variables BCRL group
(n = 51)
BC-group
(n = 34)
Age (mean ± SD) years 53.39 ± 10.89 56.73 ± 3.15*
Marital status
 Single 2 (3.9%) 3 (8.80%)§
 Married 39 (76.50%) 26 (76.50%)
 Divorced 7 (13.70%) 3 (8.80%)
 Widowed 3 (5.90%) 2 (5.90%))
Education
 Elementary 21 (41.20%) 13 (38.24%) §
 Higher school 15 (29.40%) 13 (38.24%)
 University degree 15 (29.40%) 8 (23.52%)
Family size
 < 3 5 (9.80%) 7 (20.60%) §
 3–5 15 (29.40%) 10 (29.40%)
 > 5 31 (60.80%) 17 (50.00%)
Employment
 Housewife 36 (70.60%) 22 (64.70%) §
 Employment 3 (5.9%) 5 (14.70%)
 Retried 12 (23.5%) 7 (20.60%)
BMI
 < 30 kg/cm2 15 (29.40%) 13 (38.20%) §
 > 30 kg/cm2 36 (70.60%) 21 (61.80%)
Breast surgery
 Mastectomy 31 (60.80%) 15 (44.10%) §
 Breast-conserving surgery 20 (39.20%) 19 (55.90%)
Lymphedema site
 Right 30 (58.8%)
 Left 21 (41.20%)
Lymphedema duration
 < 3years 22 (43.10%) -
 3–5 years 17 (33.30%) -
 > 5 years 12 (23.50%) -
  1. BC breast cancer, BCRL breast cancer related lymphedema, BMI body mass index, SD standard deviation
  2. *Non-significant difference (P > 0.05) Mann Whitney U-test
  3. §Non-significant difference (P > 0.05) Chi square test