Managing stress is a great way to conquer cancers of any type because stress not only provokes the illness, but also prolongs it in the case of patients who are already under treatment. Stress may be in any form: psychological, physiological, emotional, and social, and all these can devastate our life because cancer is highly susceptible to stress and a stressful life.

Relationship between stress and cancer

  1. According to ICD (International Classification of Diseases for Oncology), cancer can be classified under psychosomatic illnesses because most of the cancer diagnoses are directly linked to cause of panic attacks, depression, and stress related disorders. However, there is currently no strong evidence regarding stress and the cause of cancer.

  2. Hundreds of studies found that stress directly impacts our immune systems, and thereby makes one to be more prone for cancer related disorders, so it is advisable to be cautious at the initial stage.

  3. Most of us have heard of carcinogens which are nothing more than cancer-causing agents. These agents are produced when our body is under stress, which in turn, our immune system fails to fight against cancer causing agents during the times of stress. Stress directly impacts the functioning capacity of our bodily systems and which triggers cancer causing agents in our body.

  4. According to a research by Dr. Johnson, overly stressed or increased stress puts the person vulnerable for smoking and alcohol, and substance abuse disorders which are major risks and causative factors for cancer in anyone.

Mechanism of stress in cancer

Cancer, and in fact any related stress disorder, can occur when the human body is suffering from deficit levels of adrenaline and oxygen due to secondary effects. Ultimately this deprivation and metabolic imbalance could lead to the mutation of genes, changes in nuclear structure of cellular components, ending up with cancer. Physiological stressors could be dehydration, excessive exposure to heat, irritants, poor nutrition, chemicals, prolonged usage of drugs, toxins, EMF radiation, related disorders in the liver, colon, and kidney, lack of exercise, etc. In most cases a combination of two or more factors can cause a cancer.

You need to be well-informed about stress management. What people need to work on to avoid a stressful life are: proper scheduling of time, systematic life, life style modification, relaxation, getting enough sleep and adequate nutrition and food, recreation, protection, and emotional strength. Stress management can play an important role to substantially decrease the risk of getting cancer.

Stressors have become a daily part of our life. It can be a familial stress, interpersonal, societal, physical, etc. It is found that the cancer incidences are more common in families with divorce history, in people who are broken emotionally or financially, the poor and educationally deprived, etc. Stress can act as both etiology as well as a risk factor for cancer. In patients who have already been diagnosed with cancer, stress can prolong the illness. Stress management can be a great reward because it can lessen cancer symptoms by as much as 50%.