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Being upbeat ‘helps cancer fight’

22nd August 2008

A happy and optimistic outlook can help prevent women developing breast cancer, a study suggested on Friday.

Research conducted in Israel and published in open access journal BMC Cancer shows positive thinking can help fight the onset of the disease.

On the flipside, adverse life events such as the loss of a parent or close relative, divorce or the loss of a spouse can increase a woman’s risk of developing the disease.

“We can carefully say that experiencing more than one severe and/or mild to moderate life event is a risk factor for breast cancer among young women. On the other hand, a general feeling of happiness and optimism can play a protective role,” said study lead Ronit Peled from Israel’s Ben-Gurion University.

The study’s authors calls for the relationship between happiness and health to be examined in future research and relevant preventative initiatives to be developed.

Commenting, Arlene Wilkie, director of research and policy at Breast Cancer Campaign, said: “This research is related to an area of breast cancer risk where the jury is still out.

“As yet, we simply don’t know the full implications of positive thinking and its role in relation to breast cancer.

In the UK there are 45,500 new cases of breast cancer diagnosed in women every year.

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