Study Finds Marital Separation Could Hurt Cancer Survivability

by: cancercompass

Married cancer patients tend to have higher survival rates than patients who divorce or are widowed after being diagnosed, reports HealthDay.

The journal Cancer published new research that suggests the stress of separation could affect the immune system's ability to suppress cancer.

 Nearly 3.8 million cancer patients were analyzed by investigators, who found even patients who never married faired better than those who separated. Specifically, separated spouses were about one-third less likely to survive for a decade, say researchers.

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