Breast Cancer Recovery Negatively Hit by Unhappy Marriages

Mar 27, 2009 by

Breast Cancer Recovery Negatively Hit by Unhappy Marriages

As further proof that one’s mental and emotional state of health plays a great part in preventing and combating disease, a study has shown a link between marital problems and poorer survival for breast cancer sufferers.

Some healing modalities, such as German New Medicine, advocate that emotional trauma and stress is the root cause of disease. Indeed, many of us do not realize that the poisons brought into our bodies by toxic relationships and traumatic events could be as harmful, if not worse, than the chemicals in our food, air, water, and living environments.

If you are in an unhappy marriage or relationship, please try to do something to resolve the issue. For that matter, if you are in any way emotionally or mentally distressed or stressed, please try to address it. This is crucial for your health and recovery.

Distressed Marriages Negatively Affect Breast Cancer Recovery

by Reuben Chow

Are you in an unhappy marriage? If so, please take note – a recent study on women has found that problems in marriage result in poor outcomes for breast cancer sufferers.

Details and Findings of Study

The findings of this study, which was conducted at the Ohio State University, will be published in the journal Cancer. The study had looked at some 100 women who were either married or residing with a partner when the study commenced, and who remained in the relationship in the 5-year follow-up period. Of the 100 subjects, 72 reported being in good marriages, with the other 28 reporting marriages in distress.

The study found that women who were in distressed marriages underwent less physical activity, had higher levels of stress, were slower to recover and also suffered more signs and symptoms of sickness as compared to the women who were in happy marriages. And these findings applied even after the study team accounted for factors such as the female subjects’ depression levels, stage of cancer, cancer treatment as well as other factors which could influence their state of wellbeing.

“The quality of the marital relationship may not be the first thing women worry about when they get a cancer diagnosis. But it may have a significant impact on how they cope physically and emotionally. Our results suggest that the increases in stress and other problems that come with a distressed marital relationship can have real health consequences and lead to poorer recovery from cancer,” said Hae-Chung Yang, a research associate in psychology at Ohio State University and co-author of the study.

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