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Table 1 Participants’ characteristics (n = 156)

From: The use of complementary and alternative medicine by patients with cancer: a cross-sectional survey in Saudi Arabia

Characteristic Number Percent
Gender Male 71 45.5
  Female 85 54.5
Marital status Married 123 78.8
  Single 33 21.1
Education level Uneducated 37 23.7
  Higher education 47 30.1
  Lower education 72 46.1
Work status Not working 82 52.6
  Working 38 24.4
  Retired 36 23.1
Monthly income ≤SR 6000 59 37.8
  >SR 6000 93 59.6
  Rather not state 4 2.6
Smoking Current 17 10.9
  Former 23 14.7
  Never smoked 116 74.4
Cancer type Solid tumor 128 82.1
  Hematological malignancy 28 17.9
Cancer stage Non-metastatic 94 60.3
  Metastatic 34 21.8
  NA 28 17.9
Type of treatment Surgery 90 57.7
  Radiation 69 44.2
  Chemotherapy 131 84
  Stem cell transplant 16 10
  1. Higher education: college and postgraduate, lower education: elementary to high school, NA: not applicable, SR: Saudi riyals