Breast Cancer and Stress

Does stress fuel its spread? I feel for me it sure did! We need to be aware of how our body feels-the body keeps score!

New research in mouse models shows that stress hormones can help breast cancer grow, spread, and diversify, which makes it harder to treat.

Breast cancer is one of the most common types of cancer. In the United States, there were about 266,120 new cases last year, according to the National Cancer Institute.

Although breast cancer is also one of the most treatable types of cancer, once it metastasizes — that is, grows and spreads — it can be quick to diversify.

When cancer tumors are so diverse, doctors may find it hard to apply the right kind of treatment, as the therapy that works for one type of tumor may have no effect on another.

Previous research that Medical News Today covered suggests that exposure to chronic (long-term) stress is one factor that contributes to cancer cell growth in breast cancer.

-Medical News Today