Volume 12, Issue 1 And 2 (April & July 2005)                   J Birjand Univ Med Sci. 2005, 12(1 And 2): 9-15 | Back to browse issues page

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1- Instructor, Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery, Birjand University of Medical Sciences, Birjand, Iran , mahmoudirad@gmail.com
2- Instructor, Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
3- Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Birjand University of Medical Sciences, Birjand, Iran
4- Instructor, Faculty of Paramedical Sciences, Birjand University of Medical Sciences, Birjand, Iran
Abstract:   (11914 Views)
Background and Aim: Cancer is the second leading cause of death after heart disease in the United States. Colorectal cancer is the 4th most common cancer in the world. Nearly one million new cases per year of this disease occur worldwide. High levels of physical activity are associated with reduced risk of some cancers such as colon and breast cancers. The aim of this study was to determine the physical activity habits of patients with colorectal cancer.
Materials and Methods: A cross sectional descriptive study was performed in selected wards (radiotrapy, chemotrapy, surgery, cancer clinic) of teaching hospitals in Tehran. A total of 170 patients were selected through a conventional sampling, and their demographic and physical activity habits were determined by completing a questionnaire. Chi-square and fisher exact test were used to analyze the data.
Results: Among 170 studied patients, 55.9% had colon cancer and 44.1% rectum cancer, 72.9% of the total patients had 6-10 hours physical activity per day and 71.2% had no recreational physical activity in their daily program. Eighty one per cent of the patients with colon cancer and 76% of the patients with rectum cancer had undesirable physical activity. There was a significant correlation between physical activity habit and age (P<0.05), education (P<0.001), and occupation (P<0.05).
Conclusion: According to the results of this study, it is recommended that people with low occupational activity such as carpet weaver must spend some time daily on recreational physical activities.
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Type of Study: Original Article | Subject: Oncology
Received: 2006/09/6 | Accepted: 2016/03/10 | Published: 2016/03/10