Caryn Lerman, PhD, comments on Breast Cancer Study: Social Isolation Adversely Affects Breast Cancer


September 30, 2009

HealthDay

TUESDAY, Sept. 29 (HealthDay News) -- A socially isolated, stressful environment can speed up the growth of breast cancer, researchers studying the effects of stress in animal models reported Tuesday.

Social isolation can actually change the expression of genes important in the growth of mammary gland tumors, according to Dr. Suzanne D. Conzen, an associate professor of medicine at the University of Chicago and the study's lead author...

"This is an area that has a long way to go in terms of understanding how these factors play out in humans," said Caryn Lerman, the Mary W. Calkins Professor of Psychiatry at the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia... Read More