Demographic Characteristics for MHOS (1998-2017) Respondents (Age 65+) with Completed Survey Before or After Their First Cancer Diagnosis, and Those Without Cancer

Variable Non-Cancer1
(N=435,193)
Survey before
Cancer Diagnosis2
(N=71,276)
Survey after
Cancer Diagnosis3
(N=99,395)
N % N % N %
Age
65-74 257,488 59.17 43,927 61.63 48,666 48.96
75-84 137,570 31.61 23,218 32.57 38,307 38.54
85+ 40,135 9.22 4,131 5.80 12,422 12.50
Gender
Male 171,850 39.49 35,674 50.05 48,621 48.92
Female 263,343 60.51 35,602 49.95 50,774 51.08
Race/Ethnicity
White 287,658 66.10 52,926 74.25 73,125 73.57
Asian or
Pacific Islander
41,304 9.49 4,691 6.58 6,686 6.73
Black or
African American
40,219 9.24 5,995 8.41 8,645 8.70
Hispanic 54,643 12.56 5,936 8.33 8,369 8.42
American Indian
or Alaskan Native
2,066 0.47 351 0.49 414 0.42
Another race
or multi-race
9,257 2.13 1,377 1.93 2,156 2.17
Unknown 46 0.01 0 0.01 0 0.00
Marital Status
Married 228,005 52.39 40,644 57.02 54,274 54.60
Divorced/separated 61,427 14.11 8,796 12.34 13,148 13.23
Widowed 118,072 27.13 17,718 24.86 25,935 26.09
Single/never married 17,098 3.93 2,334 3.27 3,576 3.60
Unknown 10,591 2.43 1,784 2.50 2,462 2.48
Income
Less than $10K 56,200 12.91 7,716 10.83 10,543 10.61
$10K to $19,999 88,624 20.36 14,853 20.84 19,123 19.24
$20K to $49,999 136,320 31.32 24,441 34.29 33,982 34.19
$50K to $79,999 36,018 8.28 5,945 8.34 9,200 9.26
$80K+ 24,103 5.54 3,605 5.06 6,273 6.31
Unknown 93,928 21.58 14,716 20.65 20,274 20.40
Education
< High school 118,597 27.25 19,243 27.00 23,285 23.43
HS grad 133,645 30.71 22,547 31.63 30,072 30.26
Some college 95,892 22.03 15,911 22.32 23,505 23.65
College graduate 35,622 8.19 5,644 7.92 9,170 9.23
College grad+ 39,109 8.99 6,255 8.78 10,508 10.57
Unknown 12,328 2.83 1,676 2.35 2,855 2.87
Health Characteristics-Current Smoker?
Yes (every day
or some days)
40,689 9.35 10,532 14.78 8,773 8.83
Not at all 337,129 77.47 47,259 66.30 80,255 80.74
DK/missing 57,375 13.18 13,485 18.92 10,367 10.43

1: Individuals not linked to SEER, no self-report of cancer and lived in SEER area at the time of MHOS survey.

2: Individuals with MHOS survey before their first cancer diagnosis.

3: Individuals with the first survey after any cancer diagnosis.

4: Overall, 99.5% of people in the sample have PCS12 and MCS12 scores.

Note: Respondents are counted once in the table.

P value ≤ .0001 from the Chi-Square statistics on demographic characteristics by cancer status.

Last Updated: 03 Oct, 2019