Self-reported health and use of health care services in long-term cancer survivors

Int J Cancer. 2005 Mar 20;114(2):307-16. doi: 10.1002/ijc.20713.


Owing to an increasing number of long-term cancer survivors, the use of health care services and somatic health problems were compared between cancer survivors and a noncancer population. Data from the Nord-Trondelag Health Survey 2 (HUNT 2, 1995-1997) was merged with the Cancer Registry of Norway. Six cancer subgroups were constructed with diagnosis 5 years prior HUNT 2: testicular cancer (n= 59), colorectal cancer (n= 175), prostate cancer (n= 87), breast cancer (n= 258), gynaecological cancer (n= 153) and lymphoma/leukaemia (n= 83). For each cancer survivor 3 matched noncancer controls were selected from the HUNT 2 survey. The prevalence of common health problems, use of health care services and unfavourably life style parameters were compared between the 2 groups. Cancer survivors used health care services and received social welfare benefits more often than the controls. There was an increased risk of perceiving poor health after a history of cancer. Common health problems and/or unfavourable life style parameters could not explain poor health or the increased use of health care services among cancer survivors. Further studies are needed to investigate the reasons for increased use of health care services and perceived poor health in cancer survivors.

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Breast Neoplasms / epidemiology
  • Breast Neoplasms / physiopathology
  • Colorectal Neoplasms / epidemiology
  • Colorectal Neoplasms / physiopathology
  • Delivery of Health Care / statistics & numerical data*
  • Disease-Free Survival
  • Female
  • Genital Neoplasms, Female / epidemiology
  • Genital Neoplasms, Female / physiopathology
  • Health
  • Health Surveys*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasms / epidemiology
  • Neoplasms / physiopathology*
  • Norway / epidemiology
  • Prostatic Neoplasms / epidemiology
  • Prostatic Neoplasms / physiopathology
  • Registries
  • Survivors*
  • Testicular Neoplasms / epidemiology
  • Testicular Neoplasms / physiopathology
  • Time Factors