Diet, exercise, obesity, smoking and alcohol consumption in cancer survivors and the general population: a comparative study of 16 282 individuals

Wang, Z., McLoone, P. and Morrison, D.S. (2015) Diet, exercise, obesity, smoking and alcohol consumption in cancer survivors and the general population: a comparative study of 16 282 individuals. British Journal of Cancer, 112, pp. 572-575. (doi: 10.1038/bjc.2014.598) (PMID:25429527)

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Abstract

Background:  Cancer survivors may be particularly motivated to improve their health behaviours.<p></p> Methods:  We compared health behaviours and obesity in cancer survivors with the general population, using household survey and cancer registry data.<p></p> Results:  Cancer survivors were more likely than those with no history of cancer to eat fruit and vegetables (ORadj 1.41, 95% CI 1.19–1.66), less likely to engage in physical activity (ORadj 0.79, 95% CI 0.67–0.93) and more likely to have stopped smoking (ORadj 1.25, 95% CI 1.09–1.44).<p></p> Conclusions:  Most health-related behaviours were better in cancer survivors than the general population, but low physical activity levels may be amenable to health promotion interventions.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:McLoone, Mr Philip and Morrison, Dr David and Wang, Miss Zhujuan
Authors: Wang, Z., McLoone, P., and Morrison, D.S.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Public Health
Journal Name:British Journal of Cancer
Publisher:Nature Publishing Group
ISSN:0007-0920
ISSN (Online):1532-1827

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