Here is one study I sincerely hope to not be a realized statistic of.
"Cancer Patients who have suffered mental health problems are less likely to survive the disease, according to new research. A study found that those who had received emergency psychiatric help prior to their cancer diagnosis were up to three quarters more likely to die.The scientists at the University of Toronto who conducted the research believe the stress endured by people with mental health problems may disrupt the body’s immune system, which plays an important role in overcoming cancer.They called for a greater focus on patients’ mental health history once a diagnosis of cancer has been made."
Read the article below:
Cancer Patients and Mental Health
Having suffered from chronic depression for decades myself, this study, and information highlights the parallels that we may not normally have associated with mental and physical health. It reinforces and relates to the previous information I shared related to chronic stress and its relation to accelerated cancer (stem) cell growth.
There can be stigmas associated with the many mental health conditions we can suffer from. But remember this: Its not your fault, and seeking treatment and speaking openly about what we are dealing with with family and friends frees us from those stigmas.
Your mental health is an important ally in fighting cancer and any other disease.
The mind and body are so interconnected. Being in sync is becoming so much more of a must vs a want.
I'm happy to say I must be doing something right, I'm still here after Decades of Depression + 2 Rounds of Cancer. And I need to do better.
Keep well and stay in sync.
ACH2015 - Andy.