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Can stress really cause cancer?

Can stress really cause cancer?

Stress & cancer: ~a direct relationship between psychological stress and the development of cancer has not been scientifically proven ~researchers, however, have suggested that psychological factors may affect cancer progression (increase in tumor size or spread of cancer in the body) in patients who have the cancer. See detail at http://www.Cancer.Gov/cancertopics/factsheet/risk/stress. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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Can stress cause cancer?

Can stress cause cancer?

No, but..: Psychological stress does not directly cause or directly related to the development of cancer. However, researchers have suggested that psychological factors may affect cancer progression (increase in tumor size or spread of cancer in the body) in patients who have the disease http://www.Cancer.Gov/cancertopics/factsheet/risk/stress. ...Read more

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Can stress cause general lymphedemapathy? I've had many tests.. including cancer HIV. ALL NEGATIVE. Enlarged for 8 yrs on and off.

Can stress cause general lymphedemapathy? I've had many tests.. including cancer HIV. ALL NEGATIVE. Enlarged for 8 yrs on and off.

Yes, indirectly.: Stress can make you more prone to viral infections, which can cause your lymph nodes to enlarge. So yes, in an indirect way, stress is related. Lymph nodes tend to wax and wane in size is some people more than others. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have cancer that is caused by stress and depression?

How do you know if you have cancer that is caused by stress and depression?

Stress/Depression: There is no causal link between stress and depression, but stress certainly lowers your immunity and makes you more susceptible to illnesses. ...Read more

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Can stress cause breast cancer?

Can stress cause breast cancer?

Stress/Cancer: No direct correlation, although stress can alter the immune system function in the long run. ...Read more

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I have suffered badly from stress past few years, believe it's caused by work. Now have aches, pains & IBS. Concerned stress could cause cancer?

I have suffered badly from stress past few years, believe it's caused by work.  Now have aches, pains & IBS. Concerned stress could cause cancer?

Unknown: I do not know that anyone can absolutely answer your question. I do know that stress can cause a host of other issues. My suggestion is to speak to one of your employers about your job and perhaps have your position modified to allow you less stress. I know speaking to your employer may be risky, but if you have a good track record at your job, they will want to help you. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is triple negative type breast cancer hereditary? Or can it be caused by stress and overweight?

Is triple negative type breast cancer hereditary? Or can it be caused by stress and overweight?

Maybe: The majority of brca1 positive patients that get breast cancer have triple negative breast cancer. Overweight patients may have tougher time breathing but a chest xray or other imaging for stating may be indicated for treatment of triple negative disease. There are many clinical trials available for this disease and they usually include a thorough staging workup. ...Read more

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Is dcis breast cancer be caused by stress?

Is dcis breast cancer be caused by stress?

No: The risk factors for dcis are the same as breast cancer; age, family history, estrogen exposure, etc. There is no evidence that stress increases that risk. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more