Table 1 Baseline characteristics and wholegrain consumption among the total cohort and colon and rectal cancer cases presented separately for men and women, the Danish Diet, Cancer and Health study

From: Intake of wholegrain products and risk of colorectal cancers in the Diet, Cancer and Health cohort study

  Men Women
  Total cohort ( n =26 630) Colon cancer cases ( n =244) Rectal cancer cases ( n =169) Total cohort ( n =29 189) Colon cancer cases ( n =217) Rectal cancer cases ( n =114)
Age at baseline, years
 Median (5th–95th percentile) 56 (50–64) 59 (51–64) 58 (51–64) 56 (50–64) 58 (51–64) 58 (50–65)
BMI, kg m–2
 Median (5th–95th percentile) 26 (21–33) 26 (21–34) 27 (21–32) 25 (20–34) 26 (20–37) 26 (20–35)
Alcohol intake, g per day
 Median (5th–95th percentile) 20 (2–80) 25 (3–82) 22 (3–90) 10 (1–42) 8 (1–41) 6 (1–42)
Red and processed meat intake, g per day
 Median (5th–95th percentile) 139 (67–255) 142 (71–260) 140 (58–249) 84 (35–157) 86 (35–154) 84 (26–154)
School education, n (%)
 Low (7years) 9242 (35) 83 (34) 54 (32) 9141 (31) 84 (39) 41 (36)
 Medium (8–10 years) 11 070 (42) 111 (45) 82 (49) 14 672 (50) 98 (45) 55 (48)
 High (11years) 6318 (24) 50 (20) 33 (20) 5376 (18) 35 (16) 18 (16)
Physical activity, a total no. of activities a
 Median (5th–95th percentile) 5 (2–5) 4 (2–5) 5 (2–5) 4 (2–5) 4 (2–5) 4 (2–5)
HRT status, n (%)
 Never user 15 901 (54) 131(60) 68 (60)
 Past user 4522 (15) 30 (14) 16 (14)
 Current user 8766 (30) 56 (26) 30 (26)
Total wholegrain products, g per day
 Median (5th–95th percentile) 130 (42–267) 115 (37–243) 118 (55–241) 113 (31–224) 113 (38–220) 103 (28–282)
Wholegrain Rye bread, g per day
 Median (5th–95th percentile) 63 (20–163) 63 (20–163) 63 (20–163) 63 (11–113) 63 (11–113) 63 (20–113)
Wholegrain bread, g per day
 Median (5th–95th percentile) 31 (1–100) 17 (1–100) 31 (1–100) 31 (1–100) 31 (1–100) 31 (1–180)
Oatmeal, g per day
 Median (5th–95th percentile) 21 (1–50) 21 (1–50) 4 (1–50) 7 (1–50) 7 (1–50) 4 (1–50)
  1. Abbreviations: BMI=body mass index; HRT=hormone replacement therapy.
  2. aThe median refers to the summarised number of the leisure time physical activities, that is, walking, cycling, sports, gardening, housework and do-it-yourself work. Participation is defined as >0 h of activity.