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Am J Health Behav. 2003 May-Jun;27(3):246-56.

Do adults change their lifestyle behaviors after a cancer diagnosis?

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Behavioral Research Center, American Cancer Society, Atlanta, GA 30329, USA. chris.blanchard@cancer.org

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine changes in lifestyle behaviors after a cancer diagnosis and medical and demographic influences on such changes.

METHODS:

Adult cancer survivors (n = 352) completed a survey including demographic, medical, and lifestyle behavior change questions.

RESULTS:

Results showed that since cancer diagnosis, 46% of smokers quit smoking, 47% improved their dietary habits, and 30.1% exercised less. Adult cancer survivors who changed their lifestyle behaviors varied, depending on various demographic and medical variables and physician recommendation.

CONCLUSION:

It appears from our data that cancer diagnosis in adults may have a positive influence on smoking and diet and a negative influence on exercise.

PMID:
12751621
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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