Widespread body pain and mortality

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7332.300 (Published 02 February 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:300

Theories that psychological states cause cancer should be rejected

  1. Andrew Vickers, assistant attending research methodologist (vickersa@mskcc.org)
  1. Integrative Medicine Service, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NY, NY 10021, USA
  2. 10 Harley Street, London W1G 9PF

    EDITOR—In attempting to explain the finding that bodily pain is associated with excess mortality from cancer Macfarlane et al make reference to psychological theories of the aetiology of cancer.1 They claim that “the inability to release emotion” may “predispose people to the development of cancer.” So why doesn't everyone in the United Kingdom have …

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