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Gynecological cancer survivors' health behaviors and their associations with quality of life.
Cancer Causes Control. 2008 Sep; 19(7):775-82.CC

Abstract

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.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, School of Public Health, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, QLD, Australia. Vanessa.Beesley@qimr.edu.auNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

18322812

Citation

Beesley, Vanessa L., et al. "Gynecological Cancer Survivors' Health Behaviors and Their Associations With Quality of Life." Cancer Causes & Control : CCC, vol. 19, no. 7, 2008, pp. 775-82.
Beesley VL, Eakin EG, Janda M, et al. Gynecological cancer survivors' health behaviors and their associations with quality of life. Cancer Causes Control. 2008;19(7):775-82.
Beesley, V. L., Eakin, E. G., Janda, M., & Battistutta, D. (2008). Gynecological cancer survivors' health behaviors and their associations with quality of life. Cancer Causes & Control : CCC, 19(7), 775-82. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10552-008-9140-y
Beesley VL, et al. Gynecological Cancer Survivors' Health Behaviors and Their Associations With Quality of Life. Cancer Causes Control. 2008;19(7):775-82. PubMed PMID: 18322812.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Gynecological cancer survivors' health behaviors and their associations with quality of life. AU - Beesley,Vanessa L, AU - Eakin,Elizabeth G, AU - Janda,Monika, AU - Battistutta,Diana, Y1 - 2008/03/06/ PY - 2007/10/15/received PY - 2008/02/19/accepted PY - 2008/3/7/pubmed PY - 2008/11/19/medline PY - 2008/3/7/entrez SP - 775 EP - 82 JF - Cancer causes & control : CCC JO - Cancer Causes Control VL - 19 IS - 7 N2 - 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. SN - 0957-5243 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/18322812/Gynecological_cancer_survivors'_health_behaviors_and_their_associations_with_quality_of_life_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1007/s10552-008-9140-y DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -