• How many in here believe stress is related to the development of cancer?

    Asked by alivenwell on Monday, February 11, 2013

    How many in here believe stress is related to the development of cancer?

    Stress is such a big factor for many chronic conditions. Could excess coritsol or adrenaline lead to the development of abnormally growing cells/cancer?

    12 Answers from the Community

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      There is no scientific evidence to support stress or any other emotion as a direct cause of cancer. However, stress, anxiety, depression, and other emotions can cause actions that over long periods of time that negatively effects health in general ways that can impact the success of treatment for cancer.

      over 3 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar

      Well to the extent that stress can impair the imune system it is possible that stress might be a factor; however, thinki9ng about it gretting cancer is one of the most stressful things one can possibly do, now we are sort of left with a chicken and egg problem. What cane first the high stress or the cancer? I think that this would be very difficult to determine in a study so any results of a study of cancer patients and stress would be suspect in my mind. We all seem to look for something to blame our cancer on, diet, environmental factors or stress may all have played a role but at this point what really matters is that we have cancer and we need to fight it and beat it so we can get on with our lives. So I choose to focus on things going forward not looking back. Good Luck

      over 3 years ago
    • FROG1210's Avatar

      That was one of first thing the doc told me avoid Stress lol I was like yeah right dude I have CANCER between health medical expenses and family freaking I HAVE NOTHING TO STRESS ABOUT LOL.
      It hard not to stress but I dont stress anymore about those things I can not change and I work on the ones I can God will handle it from there

      God bless

      over 3 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      I am blaming my cancers on 9/11. I was home sick that day, but I worked 1/4 of a mile from ground zero (my gym was across the street), and they sent us back to our office 2 weeks after the event. The gym had mandatory filters, but my off was just one block out of the mandatory zone The area was foul smelling for 12-18 months.

      over 3 years ago
    • myb's Avatar

      My attitude was all wrong when I think back about turning 50. I didn't want to celebrate my 50th Birthday. I just wanted it to slide by because like I knew there was nothing to celebrate. I procrastinated about scheduling that colonoscopy at 50 long enough until 2 months shy of my 51st birthday. Gastro called cancer right then and there even though I had no symptoms what would be stage 3 colon cancer. I'll never go down that path again, not that ignoring my 50th birthday caused my cancer as I had it per Surgeon for 5 to 10 years. But the attitude was all wrong. Positive thoughts about living life each day required!

      over 3 years ago
    • LauraJo's Avatar

      When I was doing chemo, I read an article that new research was saying that extreme constant stress can encourage mutations in cells. I have no proof of this, of course, but 6 years prior to my diagnoses I was subjected to extreme emotional stress due to an issue at my church,that went on for several years. I was emotionally destroyed & ended up taking prozac for depression. I am firmly convinced that is what caused my cancer, although, like I said, I have no proof of this. There is NO cancer in my family for several generations, so where did it come from? This is my theory...I realize it would be very satisfying to say definitivly "THIS is what caused it", cause then you could avoid whatever it was, so this may be my attempt at finding something to fix the blame on. However, Peroll is right...whatever caused it, I have to deal with it and move forward.

      over 3 years ago
    • Clyde's Avatar

      I don't believe stress causes cancer. But stress can cause health problems and might make it easier for cancer to take hold if you aren't in the best health (stress can also cause us to do other unhealthy things like over drinking, smoking, over eating, etc.). There are lots of people with stressful lives who don't have cancer and there are lots of people in the easiest most stress free lives who do. The secret is to keep a balance in your life. But there is nothing that guarantees a cancer free life. If there were, none of us would be here because we would all be living "the life."

      over 3 years ago
    • LMM's Avatar

      Frog1210 I hear you loud n clear. People said same thing to me don't stress. Really, I just hit a brick wall with this diagnosis. Anyhow, I don't think stress has much to do with it but can make matters worse once you get told you have cancer. Clyde I think you're right. As Carm has shared with me, it is biology.

      over 3 years ago
    • ElizaM's Avatar

      Absolutely! I have had the absolute joy and completely overwhelming job of raising my 3 kids from ages 6, 4 and 3 alone with a very hostile father on the periphery attempting to thwart everything I did to provide the best education, and lifestyle for our children. Almost 20 years of being thoroughly exhausted, no time off for good behavior, and no support from anyone beyond other moms in similar situations, I know I was thoroughly stressed out and all my systems were exhausted and depleted by the time they had all left home. I knew I was paying a price. I think I "internalized" every assault to my own well-being with no place to "fix" the effects, and hence my diagnosis. We ate organically, used homeopathic remedies wherever we could, and basically took care of ourselves in very healthy ways, yet I never found ways to nourish myself while enduring intense and constant stress. If I could do it again I do not know what changes I would have made to caring for myself with no resources, but I accept it with humor now - I really believe laughing at the whole picture is the only way to release any negativity, resentment and anger. A peaceful soul is where I have to live with complete acceptance of what has been and how things are now. Trust and faith that all is exactly as I have created it, and with the love of the nurturing angels that hover around each one of us, I know in my soul that everything is exactly as it should be and can move on with a very positive accepting attitude. We are all perfect and in the right place at the right time.

      over 3 years ago
    • Netsy's Avatar

      I have to agree with Peroll! At this point we have it, and I too plan to fight it and move forward because I can't change it. I have a different attitude about things and have eliminated stressful people or situations. I can change how I react which I have! I look for something positive in every situation. Eat healthy and be positive ....my new choice.

      over 3 years ago
    • ElizaM's Avatar

      As an additional comment, I truly believe we are not just simply clinical objects and that there is much more than biology/science that plays into our well-being. Just as there is profound belief that prayer can heal, we are multi-dimensional beings and so many things play into how our bodies display the effects of everything we do, think, say, feel, our lifestyle and attitudes, etc. I don't believe there is just one simple answer to the why's of where we are all at, it's very individual and unique. It's just not that easy. My diagnosis is the first in my family although my diabetes is rampant throughout my genealogy, so although I feel genetics can play a part, it is not the entire answer but may provide tendencies. Everyone's life story can probably offer more individual explanations and becoming conscious of what it is we need to learn is one of the major gifts of this and any disease - signposts that there is some dis-ease, as in lack of ease, in our stories that we may wish to look at. One of my first hospice patients was diagnosed with cancer 6 months after she found her husband had committed suicide. She was proud of the fact she never shed a tear!!!! I believe in her case, her un-expressed grief was turned inwards and hence her diagnosis. I've seen that appear in many other dear souls who had no outlet nor gave themselves permission to express what was truly in their hearts. I hope this helps.

      over 3 years ago
    • alivenwell's Avatar

      Personally, I have had a stress induced chronic medical condition long before cancer. I had to learn to cope with the stress by exercising, listening to music, hanging out with my dog and other best friends and ignoring the bad stuff. I thought it was interesting that people in southern India practice laughter yoga which has spread to other countries. They claim that it tricks the body and maintains better health.
      Check out John Cleese's video on Youtube. It's very interesting.

      over 3 years ago

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