Are women meeting cancer-prevention recommendations? Not really.

Share this article:

Most women who reported eating a healthful diet and being physically active to ward off cancer were, in fact, not meeting the minimum recommendations for cancer prevention, according to recent survey findings.

Approximately 200 women responded to a cross-sectional, national, random-digit-dialed telephone survey conducted by Jennifer Irvin Vidrine, PhD, of the Department of Health Disparities Research at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, and colleagues. The survey addressed women's perceptions regarding diet, exercise, and cancer prevention. As the investigators noted in Journal of Women's Health (2013;22[6]:487-493), most women in the United States do not meet minimum recommendations for fruit/vegetable consumption or physical activity, and the resulting overweight/obesity increases the risks for cancer morbidity and mortality.

The survey responses revealed that only 9.9% of women who reported eating a healthy diet met the minimum daily recommendations of two fruit servings and three vegetable servings set forth by the American Cancer Society (ACS). Similarly, just 39.7% of women who said they engaged in regular physical activity actually met the ACS recommendation of 30 minutes of moderate physical activity 5 days per week.

In analyses adjusted for demographics, low education was associated with reporting regular physical activity to prevent cancer but failing to meet the minimum recommendation. Racial/ethnic minority status was marginally significantly associated with reportedly following a healthful diet to prevent cancer, yet failing to consume sufficient fruits and vegetables.

Vidrine's group advised that public health messages emphasize the importance of specific doses of recommended behaviors and promote awareness of discrepancies between perceptions and actual behavior.
Share this article:
You must be a registered member of ONA to post a comment.

Sign Up for Free e-newsletters


What is this?

Regimen and Drug Listings

GET FULL LISTINGS OF TREATMENT Regimens and Drug INFORMATION

Bone Cancer Regimens Drugs
Brain Cancer Regimens Drugs
Breast Cancer Regimens Drugs
Endocrine Cancer Regimens Drugs
Gastrointestinal Cancer Regimens Drugs
Genitourinary Cancer Regimens Drugs
Gynecologic Cancer Regimens Drugs
Head and Neck Cancer Regimens Drugs
Hematologic Cancer Regimens Drugs
Lung Cancer Regimens Drugs
Other Cancers Regimens
Rare Cancers Regimens
Skin Cancer Regimens Drugs

More in Web Exclusives

Everolimus does not improve overall survival of advanced liver cancer

Despite strong preclinical data, the drug everolimus failed to improve overall survival in patients with advanced liver cancer, compared to placebo, according to a study.

Presence of uterine cancers examined among women at the time of hysterectomy ...

Among women undergoing a minimally invasive hysterectomy using electric power morcellation, uterine cancers were present in 27 per 10,000 women at the time of the procedure, according to a new study.

New approach identifies cancer mutations as targets of effective melanoma immunotherapy

A new approach demonstrated that the recognition of unique cancer mutations appeared to be responsible for complete cancer regressions in two metastatic melanoma patients treated with a type of immunotherapy.