Dr. Murphy participates in AACR annual meeting

Study results shared on older adults and cancer prevention

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Dr. Rachel Murphy presented a poster at the 2017 annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research.

The poster described results of a study in which the adherence to American Cancer Society (ACS) cancer prevention guidelines by more than 2,100 men and women aged 71-80 years was evaluated and their subsequent risk of all incident cancer was measured.

The study was part of the Health, Aging, and Body Composition Study, which is a longitudinal cohort study of older adults funded by the National Institute on Aging.

Dr. Murphy and colleagues found that only one in four older adults followed healthy lifestyle behaviours outlined by the ACS for cancer prevention. As well, they found that greater adherence to the recommendations was associated with a lower likelihood of total cancer.