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Can Depression Influence Breast Cancer Survival?

Women who are able to beat the initial depression that very often follows a diagnosis of breast cancer appear to survive longer, according to a new study.

Women whose mood lightens in the first year after being told they have advanced breast cancer outlive those whose depression symptoms worsened by more than two years. Depression can burden your body in a number of ways that are linked with cancer progression, such as decreasing immune function and increasing inflammation.

Reuters reports:

"Earlier research has shown more than half of cancer patients suffer some kind of depression, with around 38 percent developing major depression; the rates vary depending on cancer site and stage."

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