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Psychological distress linked to increased risk of death from some cancers

Higher levels of anxiety and depression may be associated with an increased risk of death from certain cancers, new study results suggest. 
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Higher levels of anxiety and depression may be associated with an increased risk of death from certain cancers, new study results suggest.

Previous research has suggested a link between psychological distress and increased rates of cardiovascular disease, but associations with different types of cancer are either unclear or untested.

To determine whether psychological distress is a potential predictor of site specific cancer mortality, the researchers analysed data from 16 studies, 13 from England and three from Scotland.

All the studies started between 1994 and 2008, and involved a total of 163, 363 men and women who were free from cancer at the start of the study.

Predictive capacity

Psychological distress scores were measured using general health questionnaires, and participants were monitored for nine and a half

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