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Unhealthy Habits Dog Cancer Patients

Wednesday, 15 Feb 2012 05:21 PM



Women who have been treated for cancer are more likely to smoke, drink alcohol and engage in other unhealthy behaviors than those who have never had the disease, a study finds.
Researchers at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Florida and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., found female cancer survivors were also more likely to be sedentary, overweight and engage in "worse health behaviors" overall, according to the study published in the American Journal of Clinical Oncology.
To reach their conclusions, researchers surveyed 19,948 women -- age 35 and older – with no prior breast cancer and compared their responses to 2,713 cancer survivors. The two groups were compared on smoking behaviors; alcohol use; physical activity; and weight status.
Study results demonstrated that:
• Cancer survivors greater rates of smoking when compared with those with no cancer history.
• Cancer survivors were less likely than those with no cancer history to use alcohol monthly or greater. Younger cancer survivors were the most frequent alcohol users.
• Cancer survivors were less likely to engage in "strenuous exercise."
• Cancer survivors were more likely than those with no cancer history to rate their overall health as "poor."
"These results suggest that there are opportunities for tailored behavioral health risk factor interventions for cancer survivors," said study author Sarah M. Rausch, a clinical psychologist and director of Integrative Medicine at Moffitt. "The differences in health behaviors between cancer survivors and those with no cancer history afford a ‘teachable moment' in which a cancer survivor may be motivated to change behaviors to promote a healthier lifestyle and prevent cancer recurrence."




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