A recent study by two IU researchers found that Hoosiers smoke too much, don’t eat healthy foods and do not get enough exercise. The report, Cancer Disparities in Indiana: An Epidemiologic Profile, revealed bad health habits in the state’s populace continues with little improvement.
Using data from state and federal databases, the researchers found:
- Hoosiers are diagnosed with lung cancer at considerably higher rates than the national average.
- Lung cancer strikes African-American women in Indiana 26 percent more than the national average, and the rate is 20 percent higher for white men.
- Indiana adults, especially women, failed to meet the recommended levels of physical activity, 30 minutes of moderate activity five days a week or 20 minutes of vigorous activity three days a week.
“If the country followed what the data show us – no tobacco use, healthy nutrition and exercise – we could reduce cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes by at least 60 percent,” commented G. Marie Swanson, Ph.D., one of the researchers.
Find the complete study here.