Table 1

Characteristics of patients with prostate cancer and matched controls.

CharacteristicPatients (n = 217)Controls (n = 1080)
Age in years at diagnosisn (%)n (%)
 <6015 (7)79 (7)
 60–6951 (24)253 (23)
 70–79100 (46)494 (46)
 ≥8051 (24)254 (24)
Number of consultations per patientMedian (IQR)Median (IQR)
 In the 2 years14 (10–21)10 (5–17)
 Excluding last 180 days9 (5–14)7 (4–13)
Number of ICPC codes per patientMedian (IQR)Median (IQR)
 In the 2 years28 (18–42)18 (9–32)
 Excluding last 180 days17 (9–28)13 (7–24)
  • For all the summary consultation and code measures there was strong evidence of higher occurrence in cases than controls: over the whole 2 years P<0.001 for both measures. This was not so once the last 180 days were excluded from analysis: P = 0.41 for consultations, P = 0.12 for codes (Mann–Whitney U test).

  • IR = interquartile range.

  • ICPC = International Classification of Primary Care.

  • IQR = interquartile range.