Social Women Have Greater Chances Of Surviving Breast Cancer

Posted: Dec 14 2016, 10:56am CST | by , in News | Latest Science News

 

Social Women Have Greater Chances of Surviving Breast Cancer
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  • Females with more social connections have Greater Chances of Surviving Breast Cancer
 

Those females who are more social have greater chances of surviving breast cancer.

In an extensive study that involved women with breast cancer, those females who were more socially integrated tended to survive the onslaught of this insidious cancer.

They had strong bonds with their husbands, had community links, friends and family members who cared about them and were there for them. Not only were their breast cancer rates lower but the disease relapse rates among them were lower than the socially isolated women. 

Not only do socially adept women have lesser chances of dying from breast cancer, they have overall lower mortality rates. This in itself speaks volumes about the benefits of community rather than chaos which was its disliked alternative.

Social ties and society matter and are not just wishy-washy concepts dreamt out of nothing by wacky psychologists. The study was the largest of its kind regarding the effects of a social life on the health of females.

9267 women were included in the study, published in Cancer. They were suffering from stages 1 to 4 of invasive breast cancer. A number of lifestyle choices including nutrition, exercise, weight stability and social habits were collated for these women. 

All of them tallied to effect the breast cancer outcome of these women. After two years of breast cancer diagnosis, the females answered a questionnaire.

The questions asked concerned their social bonds with their husbands, religious communities, circle of friends and living relatives respectively. For the next two decades they were closely monitered.

The females were divided into fully integrated, moderately integrated and isolated groups. The socially isolated groups tended to have a 43% greater likelihood of recurrent breast cancer.

They were also 64% more lilely to die of breast cancer. Also there was a 69% greater chance of their dying from any cause.  

Yet here lies the rub. Not all the social ties were beneficial. Older white women without a husband were in fact more likely to die from breast cancer than those who had one.

On the other hand, non-white women with very few friends were more likely to die of breast cancer than those with many. Also non-white women with few relatives were more likely to die of breast cancer than those with many relatives.

Socio-demographic trends played their part and ethnicity and race mattered in the end. Age and provenance also were of significance.

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