Table 1.

Demographic and clinical characteristics of the patient study group: The average age of patients was 65.8 years in the group with < 1 month of symptoms and 65.0 years in the group with > 1 month of symptoms.

CHARACTERISTICTOTAL (N = 87), N (%)TIME FROM SYMPTOM ONSET TO PHYSICIAN ASSESSMENTP VALUE*
< 1 MONTH (N = 43), N (%)> 1 MONTH (N = 44), N (%)
Sex.03
  • Male56 (64)30 (70)26 (59)
  • Female31 (36)13 (30)18 (41)
Marital status.53
  • Married60 (69)31 (72)29 (66)
  • Not married27 (31)12 (28)15 (34)
Education.75
  • Less than high school27 (31)11 (26)16 (36)
  • High school35 (40)17 (40)18 (41)
  • College degree25 (29)15 (35)10 (23)
TNM stage.98
  • I or II32 (37)16 (37)16 (36)
  • III30 (34)16 (37)14 (32)
  • IV25 (29)11 (26)14 (32)
Tumour location.05
  • Cecum or ascending colon36 (41)20 (47)16 (36)
  • Transverse colon3 (3)1 (2)2 (5)
  • Descending colon5 (6)3 (7)2 (5)
  • Sigmoid colon24 (28)15 (35)9 (20)
  • Rectum19 (22)4 (9)15 (34)
  • TNM—primary tumour, regional lymph nodes, and distant metastasis.

  • *. Based on Fisher exact test.