Objectively measured physical activity among breast cancer survivors in East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia

Sharifah Wajihah Wafa, Syed Saadun Tarek Wafa and Lin, L.P and Mohd Razif, S and Aryati, Ahmad and Noor Aini, Mohd Yusoff (2016) Objectively measured physical activity among breast cancer survivors in East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia. In: 31st Scientific Conference on Nutrition Society of Malaysia, 31-01 June 2016, Hotel Istana, Kuala Lumpur.

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The rationale for recommendation of physical activity in cancer survivors relates to minimizing the biological processes associated with cancer promotion and enhancing behavioural changes linked with minimising lifestyle risk factors for cancer recurrence. This study aims to measure physical activity objectively among breast cancer survivors. A cross-sectional study involving 60 breast cancer survivors was carried out in two main government referral hospitals in the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia. Participants wore an activPAL monitor for seven consecutive days on the midpoint of the anterior aspect of the right thigh. The activPAL directly records total time spent sitting or lying, standing and stepping every 15 seconds and number of steps per day. Participants were required to provide at least four days of valid data (including one weekend day) for their data to be included in the analysis. A valid day was considered to be 600 minutes or more of recording during waking hours (i.e. from 6 am to 11 pm).The mean age and BMI of breast cancer survivors were 54.0 + 7.5 years and 27.9 x 4.9 kg/m2, respectively. The majority of the survivors were diagnosed at stage 2 (58.3%). Most of their daily time were spent sitting/ lying/sleeping (16.61 I 1.93 hours/day; 69.2o/o) compared to standing (5.35 +_ 1.55 hours/ day; 22.3%) and stepping (1.8a t 0.61 hours/day; 7.7%1. The total steps among survivors were 6583 t 2326 steps/day and the total sleeping hours were 5.97 t 1.09 hours/day. Mean step counts per day were then classified into four categories i.e. sedentary lifestyle (2I .7%), low active (43.3%), somewhat active (28.3oh), active (6.7%). None were categorised as highly active. A small proportion of survivors (6.7%) met the physical activity recommendation (>10,000 steps/day). The physical activity pattern was comparable between weekdays and weekends (p>0.05). However, there was a significant difference in total steps per day between weekdays and weekends (7561 steps vs. 7861 steps; p<0.001). In conclusion, breast cancer survivors spent most of their waking hours doing sedentary activities. Strategies to displace sitting or lying with stepping or standing, increasing number of breaks from sedentary activit5r, and reducing sedentary bouts might be beneficial in increasing survivorship and preventing cancer recurrence.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Health Sciences
Depositing User: Muhammad Akmal Azhar
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2020 02:26
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2020 02:26
URI: http://eprints.unisza.edu.my/id/eprint/737

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