Cervical cancer: is risk of cancer-specific mortality increased by stress?

Written by Siobhan Bennett, Future Science Group

Photo credit: NIH NCI Visuals Online –  Scott Wilkinson, Adam Marcus A new study published in Cancer Research has established a association between psychological stress and cancer-specific mortality in women diagnosed with cervical cancer. Individuals diagnosed with cancer are often at an increased risk of stress-related psychiatric disorders including depression, anxiety, stress-reaction and adjustment disorders. Emerging evidence indicates that psychological distress could affect the progression of many cancer types. The research team led by Donghao Lu (Karolinska Institutet; Stockholm, Sweden) examined records of 4245 women, who were diagnosed with cervical cancer in Sweden between 1st January 2002 and 31st December...

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