Prevalence of Food Insecurity and Some Associated Socioeconomic Factors among Patients with Upper Gastrointestinal Cancers

Daneshi-Maskooni, Milad and Dorosty-Motlagh, AhmadReza and Hosseini, Seyyed Mostafa and Zendehdel, Kazem and Kashani, Arvin and Azizi, Samaneh and Safarpour, Mahjoubeh (2013) Prevalence of Food Insecurity and Some Associated Socioeconomic Factors among Patients with Upper Gastrointestinal Cancers. medical journal of mashhad university of medical sciences, 56 (1). pp. 56-61.

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Abstract

Introduction  Food insecurity is defined as the limited or uncertain availability of enough food for an always active and healthy life. Cancer as a debilitating and lifespan reductive disease causes many individual and social damages. The aim of this study was to assess food insecurity status and some associated socioeconomic factors in patients with upper gastrointestinal cancers. Materials and Methods A cross-sectional study was performed on 120 patients (72 males and 48 females with the mean age of 62.23 years) with upper gastrointestinal cancers including stomach and esophagus cancers who were hospitalized in the cancer institute of Iran in 2012. General and socioeconomic characteristics and food insecurity status assessed using socioeconomic and 18-item USDA household food security questionnaires. SPSS16.0 and Stata11SE software were used for Statistical analyses. Results Prevalence of food insecurity was 69.17. Food insecurity was significantly associated with having children under 18 years of age and low economic level. Conclusion Since food insecurity in patients with esophagus and stomach cancers was more prevalent than others, it is essential to pay more attention to the reduction of food insecurity in the society. Â

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WA Public Health
Divisions: Journals > Medical J Mashhad University of Medical Sciences
Depositing User: mjmums mjmums
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2017 18:15
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2017 18:15
URI: http://eprints.mums.ac.ir/id/eprint/7319

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