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Adherence to Physical Activity Guidelines in Breast Cancer Survivors

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Physical activity in breast cancer survivors has been shown to improve outcomes. This study evaluated breast cancer patients' adherence to physical activity guidelines in a population-based study. Data from the 2007 National Health Interview Survey were used to compare adherence to physical activity guidelines in patients with breast cancer with the general population. Statistical analyses were performed using SUDAAN software. In 2007, 327 breast cancer survivors and 23,030 others from the general population were surveyed. Breast cancer survivors were significantly older than the general population (mean age 64.9 vs 45.6 years, P < 0.001) and tended to be female (99.4 vs 51.2%, P < 0.001). Despite being significantly more likely to have interacted with a healthcare professional within the past year (96.7 vs 82.1%, P < 0.001), fewer breast cancer survivors reported following physical activity guidelines than nonbreast cancer survivors (4.64 vs 12.0%, P < 0.001). Controlling for age, gender, and interaction with healthcare providers, breast cancer survivors were no more likely to follow physical activity guidelines than the general population (OR: 0.73; 95% CI: 0.41‐1.30, P = 0.282). Despite more interaction with healthcare providers, breast cancer survivors are no more likely to adhere to activity guidelines than the general population.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Surgery, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky, USA

Publication date: September 1, 2010

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