Table 3.

Baseline characteristics of the study population by sex among the ever smokers in the EPIC-Germany cohort (N = 20,700)

Men (n = 12,565)Women (n = 8,135)
Age (range)53.2 (40.0–69.4)49.6 (40.0–69.0)
LC in the first 5-years of follow-up7616
Age at diagnosis of lung cancer63.5 (42.8–76.6)62.0 (44.7–75.6)
Current smokers (%)4,648 (37.0)3,649 (44.8)
Duration of smoking (y)24.0 (0.5–53.5)23.0 (0.5–52.0)
No. of cigarettes/d15.0 (0.04–85.0)8.8 (0.02–72.6)
Pack-years12.0 (0.05–127.5)5.6 (0.05–66.0)
Quitting time (former smokers)16.0 (0.1–43.8)14.1 (0.1–43.2)
Asbestos exposure151 (1.2)8 (0.1)
Hay fever1,253 (10.0)1,253 (15.4)
BMI (kg/m2)26.9 (14.5–55.2)25.0 (15.1–58.7)
Family history of cancer3,882 (30.9)3,129 (38.5)
College education4,609 (36.7)2,051 (25.2)

Abbreviation: LC, lung cancer.