Mental and Emotional Health Helps Prevent, Deal With and Beat Cancer
The role of mental and emotional health and wellbeing in the prevention of disease as well as the promotion of good health and vitality cannot be over-emphasized. They are, quite simply put, absolutely crucial.
In fact, some healing modalities place mental and emotional issues at the top of the list of all causes of diseases. Certainly, trauma, stress and negativity in these areas are extremely toxic to our bodies, perhaps even more so than physical toxins and poisons. In this article, a few studies linking cancer and mental and emotional outlook are briefly discussed, and links are provided to more detailed write-ups.
First and foremost, cancer prevention – does mental and emotional outlook help in this area? Do traumatic and stressful events in one’s life increase cancer risk? An Israeli study, which had looked at 622 women aged from 25 to 45, said yes.
Professor Ronit Peled, the leader of the study, said that its findings “showed a clear link between outlook and risk of breast cancer, with optimists 25 percent less likely to have developed the disease”. In addition, the study also uncovered that women who had been through two or more traumatic events in their lives had a 62 percent higher risk of developing cancer.
Peled is convinced that the link between emotional events and health exists, and he said that “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”.
Reducing Cancer Pain and Fatigue
Next up – the pain and fatigue which accompany cancer. Can positive outlook help?
Once again, a study, this one conducted at the Michigan State University in East Lansing, said yes. The team found that cancer sufferers who had more optimistic outlooks were better able to manage their cancer pain. Further, those of them who had a strong sense of mastery, or control over their environment, experienced less severe fatigue on top of being able to better manage their pain.
Now, how about survival and recovery from cancer?
According to a study which was conducted by the University of Pennsylvania and published in 2007, positive emotional and mental outlook does not improve a person’s chances of beating cancer. That sounds pretty depressing.
That study was actually widely publicized on many mainstream media sources, and almost treated as a definitive and conclusive proof of the matter. Damaging headlines, such as “Cancer survival not linked to a positive attitude“, “Study shows positive thinking by patient has no impact on surviving cancer”, “Positive attitude does little to boost cancer survival odds, study says”, “Emotions do not affect cancer survival: study”, and “Study: attitude can’t overcome cancer” can be found on the internet.
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