The objective of this research was to determine if the engagement/participation in health promotion activities of cancer survivors in the United States (US) changed between 2006 and 2015. We pooled two independent cross-sectional data of cancer survivors using Medical Expenditure Panel Surveys from 2006 (N = 791; weighted N = 9,532,674) and 2015 (N = 1067; weighted N = 15,744,959). Health promoting activities consisted of past year influenza immunization, routine physical examination, and dental visit. Self-care included maintaining normal weight, not smoking, and engagement in recommended vigorous physical activity. We conducted unadjusted and adjusted logistic regression analyses to examine the change in engagement in health promoting activities over time. We found rates of annual influenza immunization (66.8% vs 70.3%), dental visit (71.8% vs 70.3%), and normal weight (33.9% vs 33.5%) did not change from 2006 to 2015. The percent with physical examination (90.8% vs 93.8%; P =.03) and non-smokers increased (87.9% vs 91.2; P =.04). Between 2006 and 2015, despite guidelines and recommendations for personalized cancer survivorship health plans, health promoting activities among cancer survivors did not change significantly.
- Cancer survival
- cancer prevention
- health care, physical activity