Gynecological cancer survivors' health behaviors and their associations with quality of life

Beesley, Vanessa L., Eakin, Elizabeth G., Janda, Monika, & Battistutta, Diana (2008) Gynecological cancer survivors' health behaviors and their associations with quality of life. Cancer Causes & Control, 19(7), pp. 775-782.

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OBJECTIVES: To evaluate health behaviors (smoking, physical activity, fruit and vegetable intake) and body mass index of gynecological cancer survivors and their association with quality of life. METHODS: We collected cross-sectional mail survey data from 802 gynecological cancer survivors (56% response rate) The questionnaire included validated measures of health behaviors, quality of life, clinical status, and demographics. RESULTS: Depending on gynecological cancer subtype, 61-68% were insufficiently active or sedentary, 19-44% were obese, 31-41% had less than two daily serves of fruit, 82-89% had less than five serves of vegetables and 6-21% smoked. Significantly more endometrial than other cancer survivors were obese (44%; 95% CI 41-47%); smoking was more prevalent among cervical cancer survivors (21%; 95% CI 19-23%). Using general linear modeling we identified a positive linear trend of physical activity level with quality of life (p = 0.039). Being insufficiently active or sedentary was also associated with not meeting the guidelines for fruit and vegetable consumption, with smoking and with overweight/obesity. CONCLUSIONS: This research demonstrates the importance of integrating physical activity into follow-up of gynecological cancer survivors. Interventions to improve physical activity and test the causal effect of exercise on quality of life are a future research priority.

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ID Code: 17381
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Gynecologic carcinoma, Quality of life, Physical activity, Risk factors
DOI: 10.1007/s10552-008-9140-y
ISSN: 0957-5243
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)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Springer Verlag
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. The original publication is available at SpringerLink
Deposited On: 09 Feb 2009 04:36
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2017 14:39

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