Did you know that stress is a major risk factor in a cancer diagnosis? Stress-related events such as loss of a loved one, work, children, spouses, and depression can cause an alteration in your immune system. Holding in and/or holding on to strong emotions is not only stressful but actually is and often danger. According to the New York Times, research found the connection between stress, the immune system and cancer; it now appears that cancer cells make proteins that actually tell the immune system to let them alone and even to help them grow. www.nytimes.com
Cancer occurs when the human body is depleted of adrenaline and oxygen due to stress this leads to a breakdown of cells causing mutation. Some of the cancer causing “psychological stresses include (and are not limited to): inescapable shock, repressed emotional pain and anger, depression, isolation, poor sleep, emotional trauma, and external life stress. Physiological stresses include (and are not limited to): poor nutrition, chemicals, toxins, EMF radiation, parasites, liver or colon or kidney disease, and lack of exercise. In the vast majority of those with cancer, there exists both a combination of psychological as well as physiological stresses that have contributed to the formation of cancer within the body.” www.alternative.cancer.care.com Often along with genetics, the psychological and physiological stresses can take anywhere between 18 to 24 months to manifest in to mutated cells. Cancer is a collection of mutated cells whose growth is out of control.
Some good prevention tips to avoid or delay a cancer diagnosis: refrain from stress and stressful situations, don’t smoke and if you smoke, stop; avoid staying out in the sun for extended periods of time, don’t drink and choose foods with little fat and more fiber. Get educated in your family history, learn the signs and symptoms of cancer and avoid the risk factors. www.my.clevelandclinic.org As with most diseases, early detection is key.