Cancer case in the family: relatives do more for their own health

Cancer case in the family: relatives do more for their own health

If a person suffers from cancer, his or her family will increase their motivation to do more sports or quit smoking Those who experience a cancer in their own family do more for their own health. This is confirmed by a now published study by the Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology in Bremen in Germany. “Relatives of cancer patients were particularly motivated to quit smoking, do more exercise, eat more fruits and vegetables, and less alcohol especially those who were aware of their increased cancer risk, “explains study author Ulrike Haug. For the analysis, about 1,000 Germans were interviewed, including 700 with a cancer patient in the immediate family and 300 people without such cases in the family. There were clear differences in the perception of one’s own cancer risk. Distinct differences For example, only four percent of respondents without close-relationship cancer assessed their cancer risk as elevated, compared with 22 percent of those with cancer in the family. In addition, the risk assessment differed significantly depending on the type of cancer. Colon cancer in the family accounted for 18 percent and stomach cancer as high as 30 percent of an increased own risk. In addition, people with higher risk perception showed significantly more willingness to change certain lifestyle factors. For example, nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of the smokers surveyed were more likely to give up smoking, compared with 46 percent of smokers who rated their risk of cancer as low. Similar motivation was shown in the motivation to do more sports (65 to 50 percent), to eat more fruits and vegetables (77 to 56 percent) and to consume less alcohol (44 to 26 percent). Great consulting potential Especially with close relatives of cancer patients, according to the experts, cancer prevention is particularly important, because among other things due to genetic factors their own risk of disease is increased. Haug sees “great potential for prevention counseling,” which can be used by doctors, for example, to help people live a healthier lifestyle. (APA, 16.4.2018)

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