Sure, something way back in the back of my mind might be able to understand it.  But I find this appalling!  Read an excerpt so you can understand what I’m ranting about:

Female Cancer Survivors Report Worse Health Habits: Survey

Cancer Compass

MONDAY, Feb. 20 (HealthDay News) — Female cancer survivors are more likely to smoke and have other unhealthy behaviors than women who have never had cancer, a new study finds.

Researchers compared nearly 20,000 women ageD 35 and older with no history of cancer to more than 2,700 female cancer survivors. Both groups were undergoing mammography screening for breast cancer.

Cancer survivors aged 30 to 49 had higher rates of smoking than women with no cancer history. Cancer survivors were also less likely to engage in strenuous exercise, and were more likely to rate their health as “poor.”

Cancer survivors were less likely, however, to drink alcohol at least once a month.

Body-mass index (a measure of body fat based on a person’s height and weight) did not differ between the two groups, but cancer survivors reported less weight gain than the noncancer group over the previous five years, according to study author Sarah Rausch, a clinical psychologist and director of integrative medicine at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla., and her colleagues.

The study was published in a recent issue of the American Journal of Clinical Oncology.

It’s possible that women who have survived cancer could benefit from programs to encourage them to adopt healthier habits, the researchers said….

YOU THINK?  And the report is out of my cancer center, Moffitt in Tampa.

I have trouble not judging people I see smoking (seems like a lot more of that down here is Florida) or who are way overweight.  I think it is because I – and I’m guessing many of you reading – work so hard to try and stay healthy.

Reminds me of a time I was in the waiting room to get a bone marrow biopsy at Moffitt.  Four women were sitting there, complaining that they couldn’t smoke on campus.  All had cancer.  I’m speechless!

CLICK HERE to read the rest of the article, which disappointingly never gives us any explanation for this unexplainable behavior.



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