Can Stress Lead to Cancer?

By: Isabella Chaiken

Two Sides

Some scientists believe cancer and stress are not related, while some scientists believe they are. The scientists who support the relationship between cancer and stress have done multiple studies that show some minor evidence. The scientists who don't support the relationship believe that the evidence found is just not strong enough. Read below for both sides of the story.

No! Stress Does Not Lead to Cancer!

Of Course Not!

Some studies have shown that cancer and stress have absolutely no correlation. People believe they are two separate processes that do not relate at all. Scientists believe there is not enough clear evidence to prove that stress can cause the growth of tumors which lead to cancer. Some scientists think that stress is just a natural part of life, while cancer is an illness that can pop up in your life. Most experts believe that stress is just an emotional part of life, while cancer is a biological process.

Yes! Stress leads to cancer!

Duh! Obviously They Are Related!

On the other hand, some scientists do believe that there is a correlation between stress and cancer.

Breast Cancer

Multiple studies have linked immense stress to the development of breast cancer. Women who are over-stressed have been shown to be twice as likely to develop breast cancer.


Visit these websites to find out more:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-197283/Stress-doubles-breast-cancer.html

http://www.webmd.com/breast-cancer/news/20030924/does-stress-cause-breast-cancer

Drinking, Smoking, and Other Bad Habits

It has been discovered that when people are under a lot of stress, they tend to turn towards some bad habits to make themselves feel better. But, bad habits like drinking and smoking can lead to developing cancer. Smoking can lead to lung cancer and drinking can lead towards liver cancer.


Visit these websites to find out more:

http://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/alcohol/alcohol-fact-sheet

http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/causes-of-cancer/smoking-and-cancer

http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/aa32.htm

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Conclusion

Stress can lead to some cancers, but also can not be related to other cancers. Stress can also be caused by cancer. It really just depends on the situation if cancer and stress really are truly related. There is no scientifically proven yes or no answer, so it really is a matter of opinion at this point. But, stress can lead to breast cancer, as multiple studies have shown. But it has not been proven that stress can cause skin cancer, stomach cancer, etc. So, it is kind of a yes and no answer that stress can cause cancer.

Citations

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