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Health behaviours in older cancer survivors in the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing

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Objectives

To assess health behaviours in cancer survivors in a population-based sample of older adults in the United Kingdom (UK).

Methods

Data were from wave 1 of the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing. Prevalence of smoking, alcohol consumption and physical activity was compared in cancer survivors and those with no cancer diagnosis. Associations between health behaviours and quality of life (QoL) and depressive symptoms were compared in both groups.

Results

There were 716 (6.2%) cancer survivors in the sample. Cancer survivors were more likely to be former smokers (p < 0.001) and less likely to do moderate or vigorous physical activity (p < 0.05) than those with no cancer diagnosis. Physical activity was associated with better QoL and lower depressive symptoms, and smoking with poorer QoL and higher depressive symptoms, in both groups.

Discussion

Levels of health behaviours among cancer survivors in the UK are suboptimal. Effective strategies to promote healthy lifestyles are needed in this vulnerable population.

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Citation

Grimmett, Chloe, Wardle, Jane and Steptoe, Andrew (2009) Health behaviours in older cancer survivors in the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing European Journal of Cancer, 45, (12), pp. 2180-2186. (doi:10.1016/j.ejca.2009.02.024). (PMID:19328679).

More information

e-pub ahead of print date: 26 March 2009
Published date: August 2009
Keywords: cancer survivors, older adults, health behaviours, quality of life, depression
Organisations: Faculty of Health Sciences

Identifiers

Local EPrints ID: 336764
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/336764
ISSN: 0959-8049
PURE UUID: be66a75b-16bb-4c4a-bead-0f2224685fc2
ORCID for Chloe Grimmett: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-7540-7206

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Date deposited: 04 Apr 2012 10:52
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 06:06

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Author: Chloe Grimmett ORCID iD
Author: Jane Wardle
Author: Andrew Steptoe

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