Excess weight among colorectal cancer survivors: target for intervention

Isabelle Soerjomataram, MSY Thong, Ida Korfage, Suzanne Polinder, Anke Heide, Esther Vries, Judith Rietjens, Suzie Otto, LV van de Poll-Franse

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Healthy lifestyle might improve outcome among colorectal cancer (CRC) survivors. In this study we investigated the proportion of survivors who meet recommended lifestyle and weight guidelines and compared this to the general population. Factors that predict current behaviour were also assessed. A random sample of CRC survivors diagnosed between 1998 and 2007 were surveyed. Percentages of current smokers, alcohol consumers, excess weight and clustering of these variables were calculated. Using logistic regression we assessed demographical and clinical factors that predict current lifestyle and excess weight. We included 1349 (74% response rate) survivors in this study of whom only 8 and 16% of male and female survivors met the recommended lifestyle and body weight. Among male survivors up to 10% had at least two unhealthy lifestyle factors and among women, up to 19%. The proportion of smokers and those who had ever consumed alcohol was lower compared to the general population (13 vs. 31%, 82 vs. 86% respectively), but excess weight (BMI at least 25 kg/m(2)) was more prevalent among survivors (69 vs. The observed clustering of unhealthy lifestyle warrants interventions targeting multiple behaviours simultaneously. Reducing excess weight should be one of the most important targets of interventions, particularly for males, those who had chemotherapy and survivors of lower socioeconomic status.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)999-1005
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Gastroenterology
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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