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Table 1 Sociodemographic data and clinical characteristics of the study sample (n = 60)

From: The effects of virgin coconut oil (VCO) as supplementation on quality of life (QOL) among breast cancer patients

Variables Frequency (%) P*
Intervention group (n = 30) Control group (n = 30)
Age group (years)    0.386
< 40 6 (19.4) 9 (29.3)
40–50 14 (48.3) 9 (29.3)
> 50 10 (32.3) 12 (41.4)
Mean (SD) 47.10 ( 8.2) 49.90 (11.5)
Range 31–73 30–64
Race    0.097
Malays 29 (96.7) 24 (80.0)
Chinese 1 (3.3) 4 (13.3)
Indian 2 ( 6.7)
Educational level    0.131
None 3 (10.0)
Primary 4 (13.3) 7 (23.3)
Secondary 16 (53.3) 11 (36.7)
College/University 10 (33.3) 9 (30.0)
Occupation    0.694
Housewife 14 (46.7) 12 (40.0)
Civil servant 13 (43.3) 14 (46.7)
Private sector 3 (10.0) 4 (13.3)
Income    0.209
< RM 1000 3 (10.0) 9 (30.0)
RM 1000- RM3000 17 (56.7) 10 (33.3)
> RM3000 10 (33.3) 11 (36.7)
Marital status    0.385
Single 1 (3.3) 1 (3.3)
Married 27 (90.0) 25 (83.3)
Divorced 1 (3.3)
Widowed 1 (3.3) 4 (13.3)
Number of children    0.131
< 5 25 (83.2) 26 (86.7)
> 5 5 (16.8) 4 (13.3)
Breast feeding    0.945
No 2 (6.7) 2 (6.7)
Yes 28 (93.3) 28 (93.3)
Family history of cancer    0.128
No 18 (60.0) 24 (80.0)
Yes 12 (40.0) 6 (20.0)
  1. *Pearson chi square test.