Do Cancer-Related Fatigue And Physical Activity Vary By Age For Black Women With A History Of Breast Cancer?

Melody Swen, Amandeep Mann, Raheem J. Paxton, Lorraine T. Dean

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Introduction Cancer-related fatigue (CRF) is the most uncomfortable symptom among women with a history of breast cancer. Black women are more likely than women of other racial/ethnic groups to have CRF risk factors, such as physical inactivity and obesity, yet CRF studies have not focused on black women. We conducted a cross-sectional analysis to assess CRF and physical activity among black women survivors of breast cancer. Method In May and July of 2012, 267 members (mean age, 54 y) of the Sisters Network, Inc, completed an online survey of sociodemographic characteristics, medical characteristics, and physical activity, and a fatigue instrument (the Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy [FACIT]). Multiple linear regression assessed fatigue and physical activity compliance (ie, 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per week). Results Participants had an average FACIT score of 32.3, Fatigue was greater (P <.001) among the 56% of women not meeting physical activity guidelines. In multivariable analysis, correlates of fatigue showed that physical activity compliance (β = 3.20, P <.001) and older age group (50–59 y: β = 3.98, P =.001; ≥60 y,: β = 3.76, P =.003) were associated with less fatigue. The interaction between age and fatigue was also significant: mean differences in fatigue by physical activity level were obvious only among women younger than 50 years. (P <.001). Conclusion Physical activity compliance was associated with a lower level of fatigue. However, the effect of physical activity on fatigue may differ by age.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberE122
JournalPreventing Chronic Disease
StatePublished - 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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