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16301Positive Thinking May Protect Against Breast Cancer

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  • medit8ionsociety
    Aug 26, 2008
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      Positive Thinking May Protect Against Breast Cancer
      Feelings of happiness and optimism play
      a positive role against breast cancer. Research
      published in the open access journal BMC Cancer
      suggests that while staying positive has a protective
      role, adverse life events such as the loss of a
      parent or close relative, divorce or the loss of
      a spouse can increase a woman's risk of developing
      the disease.

      Ronit Peled from the Faculty of Health Sciences at
      Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, led a
      team of researchers who questioned 255 women with
      breast cancer and 367 healthy controls about their
      life experiences and evaluated their levels of happiness,
      optimism, anxiety and depression prior to diagnosis.
      Peled said, "Young women who have been exposed to a
      number of negative life events should be considered an
      'at-risk' group for breast cancer and should be treated

      The researchers do point out that women were interviewed
      after their diagnosis, which may colour their recall
      of their past emotional state somewhat negatively. However,
      according to Peled, "We can carefully say that experiencing
      more than one severe and/or mild to moderate life event
      is a risk factor for breast cancer among young women. On
      the other hand, a general feeling of happiness and optimism
      can play a protective role".

      The authors point out that, "The mechanism in which the
      central nervous, hormonal and immune systems interact and
      how behaviour and external events modulate these three
      systems is not fully understood". As such, they suggest
      that "The relationship between happiness and health should be
      examined in future studies and relevant preventative
      initiatives should be developed".

      Article adapted by Medical News Today from original press release.

      1. Breast cancer , psychological distress and life events among young
      Ronit Peled, Devora Carmil, Orly Siboni-Samocha and Ilana Shoham-Vardi
      BMC Cancer (in press)
      Article available at the journal
      All articles are available free of charge, according to BioMed
      Central's open access policy.

      2. BMC Cancer is an open access journal publishing original peer-
      reviewed research articles in all aspects of research relating to
      cancer, including molecular biology, genetics, pathophysiology,
      epidemiology, clinical reports, and controlled trials. BMC Cancer
      (ISSN 1471-2407) is indexed/tracked/covered by PubMed, MEDLINE, CAS,
      Scopus, EMBASE, Thomson Reuters (ISI) and Google Scholar.

      3. BioMed Central (http://www.biomedcentral.com/) is an independent
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      without charge to the peer-reviewed biological and medical research
      it publishes. This commitment is based on the view that open access
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      Source: Graeme Baldwin
      BioMed Central