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Supplementary Table S1 from Prevalence and Correlates of Post-Diagnosis Alcohol Use among Cancer Survivors

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posted on 2024-04-03, 07:20 authored by Jaimee L. Heffner, Mimi Ton, Salene M.W. Jones, Rachel C. Malen, Stacey A. Cohen, Polly A. Newcomb

Supplementary Table S1 provides definitions of each alcohol variable along with the weighted prevalence estimates for each.


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Alcohol is a risk factor for cancer and may pose unique risks for cancer survivors. Population-based studies of confirmed cancer cases are needed to estimate the extent of drinking among cancer survivors and to understand which survivors are most at risk of alcohol-related health problems. Cancer survivors who resided in the Puget Sound Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) region, were ages 21 to 74 years at diagnosis, and were 6 to 17 months post-diagnosis at the start of the recruitment period (April 2020–December 2020) were sent a survey that included demographics, substance use, mental health, and cancer-related items. Data from returned surveys (n = 1,488) were weighted to represent the characteristics of the Puget Sound SEER region. We estimated the prevalence of post-diagnosis alcohol use as well as demographic, behavioral, and clinical correlates of three levels of drinking: any drinking, drinking exceeding cancer prevention guidelines, and hazardous drinking. The weighted prevalence of any drinking, drinking exceeding cancer prevention guidelines, and hazardous drinking was 71%, 46.2%, and 31.6%, respectively. Higher income and cannabis use were associated with increased odds of all three drinking levels. Lower physical health quality of life, having non-colorectal gastrointestinal cancer, and receiving chemotherapy within the last month were associated with decreased odds of all three drinking levels. The prevalence of any drinking and at-risk drinking was higher than in previous studies and differed based on sociodemographic, substance use, and cancer-related factors. Findings highlight the importance of identifying and addressing risky alcohol use in cancer care settings.

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