Depression affects survival of cancer patients
Depression has a negative impact on the survival of patients different types of cancer. In addition, the increased risk of recurrence of cancer.
The discovery of the impact of depression on the course of cancer made by scientists of the University of Texas. Conclusions were made as a result of observation of patients.
Among depressed cancer patients five-year survival rate was 3.5 times lower than in patients who did not have symptoms of depression. Each score on a scale of depression increased the risk of death by 10%. The risk of relapse among depressed patients was four times higher.
A possible explanation for this effect this disease has become a way of life which are people suffering from depression. Therefore, scientists recommend not to trifle it, and to seek help to the doctor.