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.
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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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||Gynecologic carcinoma, Quality of life, Physical activity, Risk factors|
|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
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
|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 http://www.springerlink.com|
|Deposited On:||09 Feb 2009 14:36|
|Last Modified:||29 Feb 2012 23:43|
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