Barbara Resnick, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP


Topics in Advanced Practice Nursing eJournal. 2001;1(1) 

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Implications of Health Promotion Behaviors in Older Adults

Based on clinical[17,23] as well as empirical[23,24,25] evidence, the old-old are less likely to participate in primary and secondary prevention practices, especially monitoring diet, exercising regularly, or having a mammogram, Pap test, or checking stools for occult blood. Because those ages 90 years and older are at increased risk for cancer, these practices are of concern. Specifically, the incidences of colorectal cancers peak during ages 85 to 92 years, and account for 20% of all cancers found in those ages 90 years and older.[5] Breast cancer, which occurs most frequently in the 75- to 79-year age group, is, a common site of cancer in the older adult and accounts for about 12% of all cancers in the old-old. Gynecologic cancers are the fourth most frequent cancer in older women. It is possible, therefore, that those least likely to have screenings are most likely to have these diseases.


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