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2008 BRFSS Survey Results: North Carolina

Prostate Cancer Screening (Males, Age 40+)--By Risks, Conditions, and Quality of Life Measures

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  Total
Respond.^
Yes No
N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%)
TOTAL 4,646 3,859 80.8 79.2-82.3 787 19.2 17.7-20.8
Have Health Insurance
Yes 4,198 3,609 84.5 83.0-85.9 589 15.5 14.1-17.0
No 442 246 51.8 45.5-57.9 196 48.2 42.1-54.5
Body Mass Index
Underweight 35 28 80.7 59.0-92.4 7 19.3 7.6-41.0
Recommended Range 1,155 925 76.0 72.4-79.2 230 24.0 20.8-27.6
Overweight 2,093 1,775 83.0 80.6-85.1 318 17.0 14.9-19.4
Obese 1,315 1,100 82.3 79.4-84.9 215 17.7 15.1-20.6
Current Smoker
No 3,764 3,213 83.3 81.6-84.9 551 16.7 15.1-18.4
Yes 863 631 70.8 66.7-74.6 232 29.2 25.4-33.3
History of CVD**
Yes 898 784 85.7 82.4-88.4 114 14.3 11.6-17.6
No 3,695 3,031 79.9 78.1-81.6 664 20.1 18.4-21.9
Binge Drinker
No 4,094 3,441 81.9 80.2-83.5 653 18.1 16.5-19.8
Yes 496 379 75.9 70.9-80.4 117 24.1 19.6-29.1
Heavy Drinker
No 4,354 3,641 81.5 79.9-83.1 713 18.5 16.9-20.1
Yes 189 147 76.0 67.8-82.6 42 24.0 17.4-32.2
Current Asthma
Yes 268 224 81.4 74.0-87.1 44 18.6 12.9-26.0
No 4,359 3,620 80.8 79.1-82.3 739 19.2 17.7-20.9
Diabetes
Yes 739 635 82.6 78.4-86.1 104 17.4 13.9-21.6
No 3,906 3,223 80.5 78.8-82.2 683 19.5 17.8-21.2
Disability
Yes 1,868 1,577 82.8 80.3-85.0 291 17.2 15.0-19.7
No 2,674 2,206 79.9 77.8-82.0 468 20.1 18.0-22.2

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**History of Cardiovascular Disease: includes history of heart attack or coronary heart disease or stroke.

Use caution in interpreting cell sizes less than 50, % = Percentage, C.I.(95%) = Confidence Interval (at 95 percent probability level).
Percentages are weighted to population characteristics and therefore cannot be calculated exactly from the numbers in this table.

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