Marriage may prolong cancer survival, but why?

Posted on April 12, 2016

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"Married patients differ from unmarried patients in many ways," note the researchers of these latest studies, including co-lead researcher Dr. Scarlett Lin Gomez, of the Cancer Prevention Institute of California.

"They are more likely to engage in healthy behaviors, such as having better diets, engaging in more physical activity, participating in health-prevention measures like cancer screening, and receiving more aggressive treatment."

Compared with cancer patients who were married, those who were unmarried had lower rates of cancer-related death.

Overall, unmarried men had a 27% higher rate of death than married men, while unmarried women had a 19% greater death rate than married women, the researchers found.

Category(s):Health / Illness / Medical Issues, Health Psychology, Relationships & Marriage

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