The link between stress and cancer

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A new finding discovered that Hispanic woman, who has breast cancer suffers tremendously from cancer more than white women.  The stress said to be connected with the aggressive tumor.

However, researchers claim that the study is in an early stage, so they can not say if the new finding is true.

Garth H. Rauscher, study lead author, say the findings could be an explanation why breast cancer is  worse in black and Hispanic women, but it is hard to tell since it too early.

Rauscher noted that one possible cause for that, among others, could be differences in the function of stress in manipulating the development of breast cancer.

There is a total of 989 breast cancer patients who participated in the study, each woman lately diagnosed with the disease. In just two to three months following the diagnosis, the women replied to surveys about their levels of stress; the surveys asked about problems such as their levels of solitudes, anxiety and nightmare.

The investigators used medical tests in examining the aggressiveness of the women’s tumors.

Rauscher says Eleven percent of the 397 white women in the study attained a level of stress that the researchers deemed to be elevated said. However, the stress levels were two times higher than the two minority groups: 24 percent of the 181 Hispanic women and 22 percent of the 411 black women heightened elevated stress.

Rauscher believe that there would be more study to follow as the study did not explain how stress might be connected to the aggressiveness of tumors. Did the stress come primary? Or the tumors? Or both problems come at the same time?

He asked if they have an interview the same women earlier like one year or five years or 10 years preceding diagnosis, would the similar women say that they are suffering from the same stress that they have reported than their counterparts in the study? It is only sensible that people would assume there’s a connection in the level of stress they report following diagnosis, and what they reported earlier than that. However, they do not have any supporting evidence to prove it.

However, Rauscher said the new study is consistent with earlier findings from studies in rodents. Those studies discovered suffering from severe stress and social-isolation increased risk of breast cancer.

The report is going to be presented this week at the American Association for Cancer Research Conference on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities, in Washington D.C. The findings should be considered as pilot until they got published in a peer-reviewed medical journal.