Cancer Survivors Outside Cities Are Less Healthy | Melanoma Dispatch | Scoop.it

Cancer survivors in rural areas don't do as well as those in cities and new research suggests the reason may be unhealthy lifestyles. A survey of 1,642 rural and 6,162 urban cancer survivors showed that the former were more likely to smoke (25% vs 16%), be inactive (51% vs 39%), and be unemployed due to poor health (18% vs 11%). The two groups were the same in terms of drinking behaviors and obesity. The U.S. has 2.8 million rural cancer survivors and the researchers recommend tailoring education on healthy behaviors to them.