The Role of Psychology in Cancer

No one can prove with certainty how psychological factors can influence the initiation of cancer, but some situations are more likely than others to serve as a background for certain types of cancer.

According to certain psychiatrists or psychologists, any form of stress — such as violent traumas, unemployment, divorce, separation, family, or professional problems — sometimes occur in the months or years before the beginning of the disease. However, it must be remembered that not everyone who has been through these experiences develops cancer.

Psychological Risk Factors of Cancer

Low mood or depression can constitute a risk factor for the appearance of cancer. This may be because symptoms of depression can mask the signs of cancer. It can also be because the depression may prevent the patient from seeking medical attention. Cancer, itself, can also lead to the development of depression, given the gravity of the diagnosis.

Psychological support can have a good outcome. It can help you to accept your cancer diagnosis, become more informed about your cancer, avoid giving up, find the energy to fight for survival against your cancer, learn how to relax, regain your self-confidence, avoid becoming overwhelmed by stress, express your anxieties, and avoid becoming obsessed with your cancer.

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