Navigation Links
Association found between stress and breast cancer aggressiveness
Date:9/19/2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. Psychosocial stress could play a role in the etiology of breast cancer aggressiveness, particularly among minority populations, according to study results presented at the Fourth AACR Conference on The Science of Cancer Health Disparities, held here from Sept. 18-21, 2011.

"We found that after diagnosis, black and Hispanic breast cancer patients reported higher levels of stress than whites, and that stress was associated with tumor aggressiveness," said Garth H. Rauscher, Ph.D., associate professor of epidemiology in the division of epidemiology and biostatistics at the School of Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago.

Rauscher and colleagues studied patient-reported perceptions of fear, anxiety and isolation, together referred to as psychosocial stress, and associations with breast cancer aggressiveness. He cautioned that patients' stress levels were examined two to three months post-diagnosis.

The study included 989 breast cancer patients who were recently diagnosed; of those, 411 were non-Hispanic black, 397 were non-Hispanic white, and 181 were Hispanic. Results showed that psychosocial stress scores were higher for both black and Hispanic patients compared to white patients.

"Those who reported higher levels of stress tended to have more aggressive tumors. However, what we don't know is if we had asked them the same question a year or five years before diagnosis, would we have seen the same association between stress and breast cancer aggressiveness?

"It's not clear what's driving this association. It may be that the level of stress in these patients' lives influenced tumor aggressiveness. It may be that being diagnosed with a more aggressive tumor, with a more worrisome diagnosis and more stressful treatments, influenced reports of stress. It may be that both of these are playing a role in the association. We don't know the answer to that question," Rauscher said.


'/>"/>

Contact: Jeremy Moore
Jeremy.Moore@aacr.org
267-646-0557
American Association for Cancer Research
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. Wayne State University engineering student receives American Tinnitus Association award
2. The association of alcohol drinking with migraine headache
3. The Helmholtz Association and Inserm create 2 joint research laboratories in France
4. Novel association between Parkinsons disease and prostate cancer
5. Ching-Hon Pui, M.D., recognized with American Association for Cancer Research award
6. BIDMC investigator to receive vascular biology award from the American Heart Association
7. The Association for Gerontology in Higher Education honors new officers, awardees
8. The American Association for Cancer Research hosts its 102nd Annual Meeting
9. Dartmouth Medical School faculty named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
10. Donald M. Lloyd-Jones, M.D., recipient of the American Heart Associations 2010 Chairmans Award
11. National Stroke Association survey reveals more than half of stroke survivors suffer added burden of little known neurologic condition
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:12/8/2016)... Ga (PRWEB) , ... December 08, 2016 , ... ... as soon after surgery as possible. With this in mind, SIGVARIS has created ... (DVT or blood clot) during bed rest and provide the benefits of graduated ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Vida Health, the digital health platform that pairs ... Canvas Ventures . Other investors include Nokia Growth Partners (NGP) and returning investor Aspect ... consumers who are managing chronic conditions or simply want to improve their ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... December 08, 2016 , ... The Dianne ... offices headquartered in Hamilton County, is embarking on a charity drive with the ... finding new homes for orphaned or neglected senior dogs in the Cincinnati region, ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... December 08, 2016 , ... ... that serve communities in and around the greater Phoenix metropolitan region, is announcing ... Connection. , The mission of the Homeless Youth Connection is to promote community ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... , ... December 08, 2016 , ... The Compretta Insurance ... and residential clients in and around the Hancock County area, is announcing the launch ... County Food Pantry. , The Hancock County Food Pantry has worked for more than ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/8/2016)... 8, 2016 Bodycad announced it has ... the accuracy, reproducibility and speed for 3D constructs ... small bone orthopaedic applications. These patents are critical ... orthopaedic restorations based on each patient,s distinct anatomy. ... company harnesses the world,s first suite of orthopaedic ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... 8, 2016  A new study by a pair ... of opioid therapy to treat chronic pain is not ... more harmful consequences, including death. Palliative care ... Zankhana Mehta , M.D., authored the study which provides ... therapy. The study was published in the December 2016 ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... Information products and services provider Elsevier has launched ... largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, providing the scholarly ... publishers. The new set of metrics will improve decisions on where ... a journal,s editorial strategy. ... , CiteScore metrics comprise a ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: