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Stress is unlikely to increase breast cancer risk, study finds

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i3953 (Published 18 July 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i3953
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

A large prospective study, published in Breast Cancer Research, has found no association between breast cancer risk and stress levels or adverse life events.1 Women with breast cancer have often attributed their cancer to psychological stress, although the scientific evidence for this has been inconclusive.

The Generations study, set up by Breast Cancer Now, the United Kingdom’s largest breast cancer research charity, included 106 000 women in the UK who were asked how frequently they had …

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