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Brain, Behavior, and Cancer Seminar Series February 28, 2013, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Hillman Cancer Center, Cooper Classroom C

Do People Change Health Behavior After a Cancer Diagnosis?

Steve Albert, PhD, MSPH

Professor and Chair of the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences in the

Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh

The Allegheny County Health Survey (ACHS) is a population-based telephone survey completed in 2010-2011.  About 5500 residents aged 18+ completed the survey, which was based on the CDC Behavioral Risk Factors Surveillance System  (BRFSS).  Minorities and low-income residents were oversampled, and data were weighted so that estimates represent county prevalence.  One item establishes whether respondents ever received a cancer diagnosis.  11% reported cancer (27% among people aged 65+).  Cancer survival may promote greater adoption of protective health behaviors, such as better diet and more physical activity, greater use of clinical preventive services, and lower alcohol use.  Some of these changes in behavior may have to do with greater likelihood of physician follow-up due to the diagnosis, and some may be more intrinsic to diagnosis and survival.  We will examine these behavioral consequences of a cancer diagnosis in this population-based survey.


Light lunch provided.  Please contact Dolores Oliver ( if you plan to attend, need directions, or need more information.

The Cooper Classrooms are located on the ground level of the Hillman Cancer Center, 5115 Centre Ave, Shadyside. After entering the building walk to the left past the elevators and gift shop and make the first left down the hallway. Room C is the 3rd door in the lobby area.

Parking is available in the garage at the UPMC Cancer Pavilion across the street from the Hillman Cancer Center (~$6 cash/credit for 1-2 hours). There are also parking meters along Centre Avenue, Cypress Street, and Baum Boulevard in the blocks surrounding the Cancer Center. The 71A & 71C both travel from Oakland and stop at Cypress Street just beyond the Cancer Center entrance. UPMC shuttles also run between Oakland and Shadyside (

Sponsored by The Biobehavioral Medicine in Oncology Program and the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute