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Do Adults Change Their Lifestyle Behaviors After a Cancer Diagnosis?

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Do Adults Change Their Lifestyle Behaviors After a Cancer Diagnosis?

Chris M Blanchard et al. Am J Health Behav.

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.

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