• Anxiety associated with 70% higher risk of Lung cancer

    Asked by CAS1 on Friday, March 15, 2013

    Anxiety associated with 70% higher risk of Lung cancer


    There is a great deal of information on About.com regarding anxiety and its impact on cancer. This link will bring you to some of the information but its ALL really worth reading.

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    • AlizaMLS's Avatar

      Dear CAS1,

      Hi, it's AlizaMLS I read the article from the link. It was very interesting, but it's important to note something and I'm going to copy a piece of the article near the conclusion of it in here before I comment so I won't be mistaken: Btw, GAD means Generalized Anxiety Disorder for those unfamiliar with the term.

      "Showing an association does not necessarily mean that there is a cause and effect. Anxiety doesn't necessarily cause an increased risk of cancer. It could be that another medical condition (co-morbidities) is involved that increases the risk for both anxiety and cancer. It could also be something scientists call surveillance bias; since people with GAD are being followed more closely by physicians in general, perhaps their cancers are more likely to be detected.

      Based on this study, what should you do? Whether or not anxiety increases the risk of cancer, anxiety just doesn't feel good. If you suspect you may be living with GAD, talk to your doctor". (end of article)-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

      Anxiety makes any disease or illness worse or puts a person at risk for nearly everything. My fiance has SVT (subventricular tachycardia) - his heart starts to beat wildly and he has chest pain when he's overly stressed and even when he has caffeine. Do we take it seriously? You bet!! I've called the Paramedics and had him taken to the ER twice (once there was a cardiologist on the ambulance). He's on cardizem now to control it. It makes my blood pressure rise - I have treated hypertension and I'm also on cardizem for that. I'm unusual in that though they call blood pressure the silent killer, I can usually tell when mine's up.

      So while the (quote from) the article you refer to doesn't show that anxiety causes cancer (my mom was the most anxious person on the planet and she died due to a Cerebral Hemorrhage caused by Lewy Body Dementia), it certainly bears out that anxiety doesn't help anything and puts all of us at risk for some type of illness.

      If you have an anxiety disorder, it's important to see a doctor and have it treated. Many people, especially men, think that they should be able to "tough it out" themselves and then they just self-medicate by drinking alcohol which combined with the anxiety and other factors could place them at risk for hypertension, depression, alcoholism,diabetes, and maybe more.

      Get your anxiety and even depression treated. These things don't exist in isolation. They affect other body systems.

      over 3 years ago

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