LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 21, 2012) — A study published by University of Kentucky researchers shows that survivors of multiple cancers report unhealthier behaviors post-diagnosis than control counterparts.
Published in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine, the study recorded answers regarding health status and health behaviors from 404,525 adults using the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey. Participants who said they had never received a diagnosis of cancer from a health professional were considered controls, while those who answered “yes” were considered cancer survivors. Those who had received two or more cancer diagnoses were considered a survivor of multiple cancers.
The study showed that survivors of multiple cancers reported a poorer physical and mental health status compared to survivors of a single cancer, who in turn reported a poorer overall health status relative to the control group.