State variations in physical activity compliance among cancer survivors
Methods: Pooled data from the 1997-2010 National Health Interview Survey were used to determine state-level prevalence and ranking of PA compliance among cancer survivors based on the 2012 American Cancer Society guidelines of ≥150 minutes of PA/week. Trend analysis with weighted linear regression of prevalence on year and group (with and without cancer) was performed (n=28,338).
Results: Cancer survivors showed a similar trend to those with no cancer history over the 14 years of the study. Overall, only 28% of cancer survivors were compliant to PA guidelines. The lowest compliance for survivors was seen in Mississippi (15.3%, 95% CI: 9.3-24.2) and Louisiana (15.4%, 10.2-22.7). Maine had the highest compliance, a three-fold higher prevalence than both Mississippi and Louisiana, and nearly half of cancer survivors in Maine met the guidelines (47.5%, 45.0-50.0). Of the 10 lowest ranked states in our study, 50% of them were located in the southern US.
Conclusion: Our results indicate that compliance to PA guidelines in cancer survivors is low in the US and varies by state markedly. Interventions targeted towards states with lowest PA compliance, particularly southern states, are needed.
Learning Areas:Chronic disease management and prevention
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Describe all of the benefits associated with physical activity for cancer survivors. Compare prevalence of physical activity compliance in cancer survivors among the 50 states plus the District of Columbia. Discuss possible reasons why certain states have very low prevalence of physical activity compliance
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