Physical and mental health status and health behaviors of survivors of multiple cancers: A national, population-based study

Jessica L. Burris, Michael A. Andrykowski

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Abstract

Background Little is known about the unique experience of adults with a history of multiple cancer diagnoses (i.e., survivors of multiple cancers). Purpose This research assessed the health status and health behaviors of survivors of multiple cancers. Methods The health status and health behaviors of 8,734 survivors of multiple cancers, 47,562 survivors of a single cancer, and 348,229 non-cancer controls were compared using weighted data from the 2009 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. Results Survivors of multiple cancers reported poorer physical and mental health status outcomes (e.g., more mental distress and greater activity limitations) than survivors of a single cancer (all p's<0.001) who reported poorer outcomes than controls (all p's<0.001). Survivors of multiple cancers reported unhealthier behaviors than survivors of a single cancer and healthier behaviors than controls on most health behavior outcomes (e.g., alcohol use, tobacco use, and diet) (all p's<0.001). Conclusions Data suggest the need for clinical interventions to enhance physical and mental health status and to increase adoption of healthier behaviors in survivors of multiple cancers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)304-312
Number of pages9
JournalAnnals of Behavioral Medicine
Volume42
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2011

Keywords

  • Behavioral risk factor surveillance system
  • Centers for disease control and prevention
  • Health behaviors
  • Multiple neoplasms
  • Quality of life
  • Survivorship

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology (all)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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