Stress spreads breast cancer

Hallelujah Acres has long advocated stress reduction for people battling cancer, but a new study from UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center shows exactly how stress can actually cause cancer (breast cancer in particular) to spread.
The researchers found that stress promotes proliferation of breast cancer cells in mice. In fact, there was a 30-fold increase in cancer progression in the bodies of stressed mice when compared to those that were not stressed.
In a story published by PsychCentral.com, researchers said, “What we showed for the first time is that chronic stress causes cancer cells to escape from the primary tumor and colonize distant organs. We not only showed that this happens, but we showed how stress talks to the tumor and helps it to spread.”
The study concludes by recommending “healthy lifestyle factors to reduce stress” which “may also have influence on these biological pathways.”
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Original post by Paul & Ann Malkmus

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