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Dr. Cole Kreofsky
Ask a Pro- Stress and Cancer

With Dr. Cole Kreofsky, Radiation Oncologist, Bismarck Cancer Center                                 

Q: I’ve had cancer, but I’m now in remission. I’m wondering if stress can cause cancer?

Cancer is often one of the most stressful experiences of a person's life. Coping with cancer can be more challenging with added stress from work, family, or financial concerns. Chronic stress may weaken the immune system, causing other health problems and can make your body more hospitable to cancer.

There are two different types of stress, but only one seems to be really bad for your health. Short-term stress, like the type you might feel before giving a speech or fighting shopping crowds, tends to subside as soon as the event passes. But, long-term stress is more damaging. That type of stress comes from situations that last many months with no end point, such as dealing with a sick loved one or a long stint of unemployment.

Some healthy tips to deal with long-term stress are: Practice yoga, exercise regularly, get adequate sleep, deep breathing, spend time outside, write in a journal, or learn a new hobby. Although you can try to reduce the number of stressors in your life, you can’t completely avoid stress. However, stress management strategies can help you feel more relaxed and less anxious.

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