Active transportation in adult survivors of childhood cancer and neighborhood controls

Megan E. Slater, Aaron S. Kelly, Karim T. Sadak, Julie A. Ross

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Purpose: Childhood cancer survivors (CCS) are at high risk of treatment-related late effects, including cardiovascular disease and diabetes, which can be exacerbated by inadequate physical activity (PA). Previous PA interventions targeting CCS have focused on the domain of leisure-time/recreational PA. Active transportation, another domain of PA, has not been described in CCS. Therefore, this study aimed to identify active transportation behaviors, barriers, and correlates in adult CCS. Methods: We recruited 158 adult CCS and 153 controls matched on age, sex, and neighborhood for a survey regarding active transportation behaviors and perceptions. Linear and logistic regression models accounting for correlation among matched participants were used. Results: Adult CCS engaged in similar levels of active transportation as controls (2.72 vs. 2.32 h/week, P = 0.40) despite perceiving greater health-related barriers (1.88 vs. 1.65 (measured on four-point Likert scale), P = 0.01). Marital/relationship status (odds ratio (OR) = 0.30, 95 % confidence interval (CI) = 0.11–0.81), planning/psychosocial barriers (OR = 0.15, 95 % CI = 0.04–0.53), and perceived neighborhood walkability (OR = 2.55, 95 % CI = 1.14–5.66) were correlates of active transportation among adult CCS, while objective neighborhood walkability (OR = 1.03, 95 % CI = 1.01–1.05) was a correlate among controls. Conclusions: Results suggest adult CCS and controls utilize active transportation at approximately equal levels. Factors other than health, including perceived neighborhood walkability, are related to active transportation behaviors to a greater degree in adult CCS. Implications for Cancer Survivors: Interventions might consider promoting active transportation as a way to incorporate more PA into the daily lives of adult CCS. Such interventions will not be likely successful, however, without existing or improved neighborhood walkability/bikeability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11-20
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Cancer Survivorship
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2016

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by the National Institutes of Health Grants T32 CA099936 and K05 CA157439 and the Children's Cancer Research Fund Hodder Chair.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2015, Springer Science+Business Media New York.


  • Active transportation
  • Cancer survivorship
  • Childhood cancer survivors
  • Neighborhood walkability
  • Physical activity


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