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159327 - Obesity and cancer in primary care 2

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This activity addresses both the cancer risk due to obesity and thus the opportunities for prevention and early detection of cancers and obesity in patients living with cancer and the opportunity to intervene in primary care to address this. Prior to and after a workshop participants will be asked review case studies and answer questions about their management online. There is a 5 hour workshop which covers obesity as a risk factor for cancer (and thus an opportunity for prevention) and as a long term complication following cancer treatment. The workshop is interactive and includes panel sessions, role plays, world cafe style small group Q&A with experts and translation into practice. After the workshops participants complete a one hour online module on the management of overweight and obesity in general practice. (Further description and program are attached) 

Relevance to General Practice

In Australia, the prevalence of obesity rose from 19% to 28% between 1995 and 2014-15, The high prevalence in the community is reflected in the frequency of obesity presentations (29%) in general practice. Among men, overweight and obesity are associated with oesophageal adenocarcinoma, thyroid cancer, kidney cancer, and colon cancer. Among women, there is a strong relationships between overweight and obesity with endometrial cancer, gallbladder cancer, kidney cancer, and oesophageal cancer. Many survivors of cancer have or develop overweight and obesity. This is associated with poorer quality of life and conveys an additional risk of recurrence or new cancers as well as risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. The better management of diet, physical activity and weight is seen as a major priority for long term care of cancer survivors including as part of shared care.

Learning outcomes
  • To identify the risk of particular cancer associated with overweight and obesity
  • To communicate sensitively and effectively with patients about their weight and support interventions
  • To identify the prevalence of overweight and obesity in cancer survivors.
  • To identify how to support cancer survivors to manage their diet, physical activity and weight.
  • To review the recording of lifestyle risk factors and their management in cancer survivors*
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    159327 - Obesity and cancer in primary care 2
    Provider Type
    Education Provider
    6 hours
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    6 hours
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