Psychological factor of breast cancer: Emotional support important

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Psychological factor of breast cancer: Emotional support important

Breast cancer is a multifactorial disease that is crated on many levels, perhaps beginning when "your' mother was in the womb and what she was exposed to there that she passed on to you. This doesn't mean you're helpless to do anything about it, because there's a lot you can do. It just means, don't use this type of awareness to be hard on yourself. That is completely counterproductive. In addition to having its own unique biochemical profile, breast cancer has its own unique psychological profile. Dozens of studies have been done on the emotional and mental attitudes of women who get breast cancer, and a very clear picture has emerged: in short, women who get breast cancer tend to take care of everyone but themselves. this is part of why the subtitle of this chapter is Nurturing Gone Awry. something has gone fundamentally wrong when we stop taking care of ourselves. And ironically, if you get breast cancer, you certainly won't be able to take care of your family in the way you used to. This may sound a little harsh, but sometimes it takes a little shock to the system to jolt us awake enough to inspire real changes in ourselves. Two Australian studies found that women with breast cancer were slightly more likely to report an "acute stressor," such as the death of a love one, loss of employment, or divorce, within two years before their breast cancer diagnosis. The more significant information, however, showed up when researchers compared women who had "intimate emotional support" as they went through their acutely stressful situation with women who had none: Those without support had nearly ten times that rate of breast cancer compared to those who rated themselves as having good emotional support. What does this mean to you if you're a stressed-out woman (and who isn't these days)? If you don't have family or friends who can help you through a crisis in a way that's supportive for "you", find a support group or a therapist.

Dr John R Lee

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