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Breast cancer more likely to return in lonely survivors

Breast cancer more likely to return in lonely survivors”

Beyond moral support, friends and family can provide practical help, such as picking up prescriptions, cooking meals and providing transportation to doctor's appointments, said Elissa Bantug, program manager of communication, education and survivorship at Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center in Baltimore, who was not involved in the new study.

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Writing in the medical journal Cancer, they said: 'Socially isolated women were more likely to have lower levels of physical activity, be current smokers, drink more than recommended, and be obese.

Compared with socially integrated women, socially isolated women had a 40 per cent higher risk of recurrence, a 60 per cent higher risk of dying from breast cancer, and a 70 per cent higher risk of dying from any cause.

Women with menopausal symptoms had significantly lower adherence rates for treatment in a large breast cancer prevention trial. "Rates of death to breast cancer fell for women in the US across all age groups over the period, halving in women under 50, falling by 44 percent in the 50-69 age group, and falling by 31 percent in those aged 70 and over". However, there is at present little data comparing the management of breast cancer patients across countries, ' he concluded.

Over a median follow-up of 10.6 years, there were 1,448 cancer recurrences and 1,521 deaths, of which 990 were from breast cancer. Pizot said this trend was to be expected, due to advances in detection and treatment over the past few decades.

The analysis also highlights disparities in other parts of the world. Latin American nations experienced scattered increases in mortality; for example, Brazil and Colombia saw mortality rates increase in women of all age groups, while in Argentina and Chile mortality rates decreased in all women. "In older white women a marital partner was really important for a predictor of breast cancer mortality, but in nonwhite women friends and family were really important for better outcomes".

"Such quick changes might explain the considerable shift in cancer mortality". -Globally, mortality rates declined more for women under 50 than for women over 50.

Researchers said, as a result, survivors were more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression.

Reviewing data on almost 10,000 breast cancer patients, the researchers linked isolation with a 40 percent higher risk of cancer recurrence compared to socially connected women.

Rates of death to breast cancer fell for women in the US across all age groups over the period, halving in women under 50, falling by 44 percent in the 50-69 age group, and falling by 31 percent in those aged 70 and over. Still, the researchers who presented the information from their study noted that there seems to be no link between screening and rates of death attributed to breast cancer. Similar associations were found among 3 of the 4 examined cohorts.

She suggests their analysis highlights the difficulties of pointing to a single factor with a strong effect on breast cancer death rates.



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