The Queensland Cancer Risk Study: Behavioural Risk Factor Results

DiSipio, Tracey, Rogers, Carla M., Newman, Beth M., Whiteman, David C., Eakin, Elizabeth G., Fritschi, Lin, & Aitken, Joanne F. (2006) The Queensland Cancer Risk Study: Behavioural Risk Factor Results. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 30(4), pp. 375-382.

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Objective: To describe the population prevalence of key cancer risk behaviours in Queensland. Methods: The Queensland Cancer Risk Study was a population-based survey of 9,419 Queensland residents aged 20–75 years. Information was collected through an anonymous, computer-assisted telephone interview between February and November 2004. Outcome measures included tobacco smoking, alcohol consumption, sun-tanning and sunburn, obesity, physical inactivity and poor diet, weighted by age, gender and geographic region. Results: Prevalence of current smoking was 25.2% for males and 20.8% for females and was highest in the 20–39 year age group and in rural/remote areas. Two-thirds of participants regularly drank alcohol; of these, 63% consumed excessive amounts of alcohol. Excessive sun exposure is still a problem; 70% of Queenslanders reported an episode of sunburn and 12% reported attempting to get a suntan in the past year. More than half of the respondents (53.9%) were above the healthy weight range, and 17.1% of males and 18.4% of females were obese. Just over 40% of Queensland adults reported having insuffcient levels of physical activity. Fewer than half of the participants met recommended levels of fruit or vegetable consumption. Conclusions and Implications: The majority of Queensland adults exhibit known, modifable cancer risk behaviours. These results suggest that continuing efforts to reduce the prevalence of these risk factors are warranted. Specifcally, signifcant gains could be made by targeting behaviour change programs at younger Queenslanders (aged 20–39 years), men, and those living in remote/very remote areas of Queensland.

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ID Code: 10635
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: For more information, please refer to the journal’s website (see hypertext link) or contact the author.
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-842X.2006.tb00852.x
ISSN: 1753-6405
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Epidemiology (111706)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > ONCOLOGY AND CARCINOGENESIS (111200) > Oncology and Carcinogenesis not elsewhere classified (111299)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Health Promotion (111712)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Health Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Blackwell Publishing
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Deposited On: 12 Nov 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:24

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