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Revista Cubana de Medicina Militar

Print version ISSN 0138-6557On-line version ISSN 1561-3046


DEOSSA RESTREPO, Gloria; RESTREPO BETANCUR, Fernando  and  CASTANEDA GAVIRIA, Laura. Characterization of lifestyle changes of cancer survivors with recidivism. Rev Cub Med Mil [online]. 2020, vol.49, n.1, e434.  Epub Mar 01, 2020. ISSN 0138-6557.


According to the Pan American Health Organization, the incidence of cancer is increasing. Among the most prevalent cancers in Antioquia (Colombia), there are lung, colorectal, breast, prostate and stomach.


Describe the changes in lifestyle of people who have recurrence or a second diagnosis of cancer.


Sociodemographic data, type of cancer, both primary and secondary, personal and family history, changes in physical activity, sleep hours, cigarette consumption and liquor were studied.


The first diagnosis of "other types of cancer" was the most common. Arterial hypertension was reported in almost 50% of the subjects. After a first diagnosis of cancer, both the practice of physical activity, smoking and alcohol consumption, were significantly reduced in both sexes. In relation to the presence of cancer and unhealthy habits, 28.1% of the men who reported being smokers had prostate cancer, where 25.8% consumed liquor.


Notable changes in lifestyle were observed, in relation to the decrease in smoking, as well as the consumption of liquor. The negative aspect is the reduction in the practice of physical activity and the hours dedicated to sleep.

Keywords : cancer; Lifestyle; recidivism; survivors.

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