Have you ever had thought that worrying about something might actually make the problem worse? Well, recent studies posted by the National Cancer Institue show that psychological processes can actually affect the body. Stress is one of the biggest factors that impact the body, usually in a more negative aspect. Many of the studies were conflicting when they asked if stress can actually cause cancer to develop. The outcome was different in many various ways. Sure enough, there were many similarities with stress affecting a patient who had already developed cancer. The relationship is not consistant with every patient, but some studies showed that an increase amount of negative psychological factors (feeling helpless, negative, worthless) can affect tumor growth and recovery.

In my own opinion, I feel patients with any disease or disorder need to have a positive outlook. I feel this will always give patients a better insight for the future. I hope what I have shared today will help anyone who  has ever questioned this. Don’t forget – this is not ONLY cancer! Everyone should have a more postiive outlook in general to live a better, healthier life!

For more information on the study, visit: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/stress

-AElks

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