6 Things You Need to Know About Stress and Cancer

We asked and you told us. There are so many factors that contribute to a cancer diagnosis, but an overwhelming amount of people in our community agree: stress has contributed to their diagnoses.

In a recent survey we conducted, 54% of respondents said that stress has contributed to their cancer diagnosis. 28% said it did not, and 18% were not sure. (Scroll down or click here to view the rest of the data.)

As soon as we saw that more than half of the participants answered “Yes,” we knew there was more to be uncovered. Your honest responses showed us that this is a conversation that needs to be had so we hosted the first-ever #StressAndCancer tweetchat. The conversation was awesome and confirmed the need for this discussion. It was verification that stress plays a big role in the cancer journey, not only before the diagnosis, but especially during and after.

We know not everyone is on twitter or able to participate, so we compiled some of the top moments into this blog post, along with some resources to help manage stress. Our hope is that we can continue these conversations, and figure out how to handle stress, together.

1. Everyone has a different story of how stress did (or did not) contribute to their cancer diagnoses.

2. Work is a huge cause of stress, but there are ways to keep it under control.

3. Stress has a real impact on families and relationships.


4. After you're diagnosed, stress levels, not to mention what stress looks like, are different.

5. Even when treatment ends, stress doesn't.

6. There are things within your control that can help relieve stress.

Let's keep the conversation going- because stress is a monster that feeds on stress. It can build and build and build, so if you are dealing with stress and cancer, talk about it and be honest. Remember: you are NOT alone.

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How has stress played a role in your cancer experience?