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does is right that stress can cause gbm brain tumor im in high stress and anxiety from 3 years constant now i have symptoms im worry ?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
42 years experience Gastroenterology
Not related: Gbm is not caused by stress. If it were, gbm would be a lot more common than it is. Chronic stress, or reactions to it, can cause or be associated with a bunch of other health issues. Learn to destress, preferably without meds, or drugs like alcohol, pot, etc.
Answered on Jan 4, 2015
Dr. Theodore Spinks
21 years experience Neurosurgery
No: Stress, by itself, has not been suspected of causing gbm. Thankfully, since there is plenty of stress out there! current research indicates that formation of these tumors is due to a combination of genetic factors, environmental factors, and random mutation.
Answered on Sep 9, 2013
Dr. Jefferson Chen
33 years experience Neurosurgery
No: We do not know the etiology of gbms. It is believed to be a series of mutations that affect certain growth factors that are still being defined. There is no data-experimental or epidemiological-that has demonstrated a relationship between stress and the development of gbms.
Answered on Apr 9, 2017
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Dr. Chen is correct. Despite "pop" ideas about "stress causing disease", and the understandable fear that this mysterious and dread tumor evokes, there is exactly no reason to believe that your current stressful environment is going to increase your brain tumor risk. But you might do well to look at other risks of "bad" stress, especially hypertension, and look at ways of managing it by dealing with your life situation as much as is possible.
Sep 9, 2013

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