Another example of how people tend to believe what they want to believe, despite overwhelming proof to the contrary…

Sufferers blame stress for breast cancer, despite no scientific link
By Danny Rose – AAP – March 23, 2011

And while many point to stress they also commonly overlook other lifestyle-related issues – such as smoking and obesity – where there is a clear link to the cancer.

These are the key findings of research which took in the views of almost 1500 Australian breast cancer survivors.

It found just over four in 10 (43.5 per cent) believed there was a factor which contributed to their cancer and, among these women, more than half (58.1 per cent) blamed stress.

The women also pointed to previous use of hormone therapy (17 per cent), a family history of cancer (9.8 per cent).

Two per cent attributed their cancer to other lifestyle factors.

“It is concerning that only two per cent of the women in the study attributed their breast cancer to lifestyle factors such as diet, exercise and alcohol consumption,” said Christine Bennett, chair of the Bupa Health Foundation Steering Committee which part-funded the study.

“There is scientific evidence that being overweight, smoking and excessive alcohol are risk factors.”  Women aged under 40 were more likely to believe there was a reason for their breast cancer.

Dr Bennett said that while the exact causes of breast cancer were unknown, studies into the effect of stress on the body and looking for potential triggers of breast cancer had did not reveal a link.

And despite commonly-held views to the contrary, there was “no scientific evidence that points to stress as a cause of breast cancer”.

Hit this link to read the rest of the story.  Fascinating that breast cancer patients/survivors ignore proven causes and latch-on to something we all fear and dread:  stress.

Just because the influence of stress can’t be proved in a few scientific studies, doesn’t mean it doesn’t contribute to a person’s cancer.  But obviously it can cloud a person’s judgement!

Feel good and keep smiling!  Pat

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