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Physical Activity Of Colon And Breast Cancer Survivors

Knhanes 2008-2011

2341 Board #88 May 29, 9

30 AM - 11

00 AM

Kang, Suhjung; Lee, Hyo

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Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise: May 2015 - Volume 47 - Issue 5S - p 627
doi: 10.1249/01.mss.0000478425.87105.0c
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Research shows that physical activity may prevent colon and breast cancers. In addition, a growing body of evidence supports the therapeutic importance of physical activity during and after cancer treatment. Therefore, a population-based study of Korean cancer survivors’ physical activity pattern needs to be conducted.

PURPOSE: To examine the patterns of physical activity according to the stages of breast and colon cancer survivorship in Korean.

METHODS: Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2008-2011 data were used. IPAQ was utilized to estimate weekly time spent in vigorous- and moderate-intensity physical activity, and walking, and to calculate MET-minute/week. Depending on the survivorship stage, the subjects were categorized into “never diagnosed with cancer” (group 1), “0-4 years since cancer diagnosis” (group 2), and “5 or more years since cancer diagnosis” (group 3), separately for colon and breast cancer. Wald-test was used to examine statistical significance of the associations between physical activity and the cancer survivorship stage. Sampling weights and complex sampling design were incorporated into all population-based estimations in this study.

RESULTS:(1) Breast cancer (N=10,167, Meanage=48.55±16.27): The mean physical activity levels expressed in MET-minutes/week were 2,064.83, 1748.82, and 1998.36 in groups 1, 2, and 3 respectively. Even though cancer survivors tended to be less active compared to people without cancer, there were no statistically significant differences among three groups. (2) Colon cancer (N=17,270, Meanage=48.62): MET-minutes/week were 2064.30, 1084.83, and 709.04 36 in groups 1, 2, and 3 respectively. The difference were significant between group 1 and 2 (F=5.87, p=.016), and group 1 and 3 (F=28.99, p<.001).

CONCLUSION: Despite potential therapeutic benefits of physical activity, Korean colon cancer survivors were less active than people without cancer. Korean health professionals should pay more attention to physical activity of cancer survivors.

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