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Positive Thinking & Proven Lower Cancer Risk

Posted May 22 2009 11:55pm

I was diagnosed with cancer several years ago, and while I was given a clean bill of health after an operation that presumably removed the offending cancerous cells from my body, I will never forget the look on my oncologist's face when he gave me the results of the biopsy of all the tissue removed during said operation. There was nothing cancerous there at all. He could not believe it.

What had happened between the definitive diagnosis and the operation three months later was a great deal of inner work on my part. Positive work. Work that I know a lot about. So I applied it. And it worked. And I was not surprised. But my very traditionally trained - and very young - oncologist was.

At any rate, it is due to the above that I rejoice when I read articles such as this one Happiness 'can cut breast cancer risk by a quarter' because these articles are introducing information into mainstream media and hence into the general population that can save lives in a way that chemotherapy has perhaps not done.

The article states: "You may not be able to prevent breast cancer. But you can the risk of developing the disease to an extent -- just be happy and think positively. A new study has revealed that positive thinking and happiness could reduce a woman's chance of devel oping breast cancer by a quarter while traumatic events like divorce and bereavement might have an adverse affect. " read more

The study on which the above article is based indicates in its abstract: "Since 1983, studies have suggested an interaction between the severe life events, psychological distress and the etiology of Cancer. However, these associations are still under dispute. The aim of the present study was to examine the relationship between life events, psychological distress and Breast Cancer (BC) among young women."

The severe life events the abstract refers to are potentially taken from the Life Events Questionnaire, where it is assumed that the more difficult live events an individual must live through during the course of a year, the more said individual is predisposed to falling ill the following year.

"Is there a connection between the number of major life events a person experiences in a year and the likelihood of illness? Drs. Thomas Holmes and Richard Rahe think so. They reached this conclusion after questioning 7,000 people about the number of life events they went through in one year. The people who scored highest on this questionnaire experienced the highest amount of physical illness in the year following the test." Source

Unless the individual knows about the power of positive thinking as demonstrated in the study.

"“It was found that a feeling of happiness and optimism has a 'protective effect','' according to the researchers whose study has been published in the latest edition of 'BMC Cancer' journal. " Source

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