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Associations Between Cholesterol, Colon Cancer Screening, Behavior, and Diet

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Abstract:

Objective: To investigate the association between high blood cholesterol diagnosis and colorectal cancer screening practices. Methods: Data were obtained from the 2007 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System files. Results: Among individuals diagnosed with high cholesterol, 97% did not engage in colon cancer screenings compared to 3% who engaged in screenings (p < .001); 72% were more likely to be overweight/obese compared to 28% of normal weight; 76% consumed fewer fruits and vegetables per day compared to 24% who consumed more; 54% did not participate in physical activity compared to 46% who were active (p < .001). Conclusion: The behaviors of individuals diagnosed with high blood cholesterol are different relative to colon cancer screening practices.

Keywords: BEHAVIOR; BMI; CHOLESTEROL; COLON CANCER SCREENING; DIET

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5993/AJHB.37.3.9

Affiliations: 1: Assistant Professor, Nutritional Sciences (Dietetics) Program, School of Community Health and Policy, Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD;, Email: sherine.brown@morgan.edu 2: Professor, Department of Public Health Analysis, School of Community Health and Policy, Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD 3: Associate Professor, Director, Nutritional Sciences (Dietetics) Program, School of Community Health and Policy, Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD

Publication date: May 1, 2013

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  • The American Journal of Health Behavior seeks to improve the quality of life through multidisciplinary health efforts in fostering a better understanding of the multidimensional nature of both individuals and social systems as they relate to health behaviors.

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