Healthy Lifestyle Behaviors of Breast Cancer Survivors

Clin Nurs Res. 2015 Oct;24(5):504-25. doi: 10.1177/1054773814553298. Epub 2014 Oct 13.


The purpose of this secondary analysis was to describe the extent to which women with breast cancer, who participated in a randomized control trial on exercise, adopted American Cancer Society (ACS) guidelines for healthy lifestyle behaviors. Women in the study exercised during cancer treatment and for 6 months after completion of treatment. The sample included 106 women, average age 50.7 years (SD = 9.6). Adherence to guidelines for 5 servings of fruits and vegetables ranged from 36% (n = 28) to 39% (n = 36). Adherence with alcohol consumption guidelines was 71% (n = 28) to 83% (n = 30). Adherence with meeting a healthy weight ranged from 52% (n = 33) to 61% (n = 31). Adherence with physical activity guidelines ranged from 13% (n = 30) to 31% (n = 35). Alcohol and healthy weight guidelines were followed by more than half of the participants, but physical activity and dietary guidelines were followed by far fewer women. Further prospective clinical studies are indicated to determine whether interventions are effective in producing a healthy lifestyle in cancer survivors.

Keywords: American Cancer Guidelines; breast cancer; exercise; healthy lifestyle behaviors.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Breast Neoplasms / psychology*
  • Diet, Healthy
  • Exercise
  • Female
  • Health Behavior*
  • Healthy Lifestyle*
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Prospective Studies
  • Survivors*