Can too much stress cause cancer?

Yes. Stress was never considered a risk factor of cancer till stress hormone was studied for cancer. A recent study has shown that stress hormones can make normal healthy cells cancerous through the process of tumorigenesis. Stress can store genetic changes within cells and convert them into cancer. Too much stress can grow cancer and prevent the immune system from attacking the cancer cells. Moreover, stress can also make you live an unhealthy lifestyle to put you at risk of cancer in the future.

If you observe, stress can change your routine and make it difficult to follow healthy lifestyle practices. Feeling stressed is normal, but a longer duration can affect your lifestyle by reducing your workout duration and introducing high-calorie food. You may also find yourself drinking too much alcohol or smoking tobacco.

Stress reduces physical activity and decides what and how much you should eat or drink. When too much stress becomes a part of life, it induces risk factors of cancer such as depression, anxiety, obesity, loneliness and social isolation. 

Globally, cancer is the second leading cause of death. Moreover, cancer has been recognised as a lifestyle-associated health disease that is preventable. All we have to do is live a healthy, happy and stress-free life.

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