Cancer Patients and Their Risks of Having Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (Study)

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A new study found a link between post traumatic stress disorder and cancer diagnoses.

Post traumatic stress disorder could affect anyone who suffered from a disease or has been implicated in an accident. People in the military are also considered and known to present high risks of developing it. Post traumatic stress disorder or PTSD is not a disease that can be treated merely with just a pill. Its presence can have a serious impact on the life of the ones suffering from it. Worldwide, more than 7 percent of people are believed to have suffered or to be suffering from this condition.

Numbers show that woman are more likely to develop PTSD after a traumatic event. The rate is 10 percent known women patients, compared to 4 percent men. Some of the main causes of PTSD are sexual abuse, combat in the military, disasters, accidents and witnessing death. Suffering from a deadly condition such as cancer can also lead to post traumatic stress disorder.

Researchers Find Link Between Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and a Cancer Diagnosis

A new study shows that people who had cancer can develop PTSD even years after they were cured of the disease. This latest research showed that 1 in 5 people who had cancer developed PTSD. The analysis was conducted in Malaysia, and it is based on a study of 469 patients who had different types of cancer. These were tested six months after they were diagnosed. A follow-up was conducted four years after the initial diagnosis.

Although the rate decreased, six percent of the monitored patients still suffered from post traumatic stress disorder even years after being informed that they had (or had had) cancer. When they were first tested, 21 percent of the 469 patients suffered from PTSD. Despite the fact that most people with cancer try to stay strong and adopt a warrior mentality, this stress disorder might still affect them.

The researchers mentioned that there might even be a link between PTSD and the return of the disease. Still, the team pointed out that it needs to continue its study to find out if there really might be a connection between the two.

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