Disputing a British study published in November, a new study from the University of Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Center found no relationship between stress and breast cancer. Barrie Cassileth wrote an editorial about the research for the March 15 issue of Cancer, the journal of the Atlanta-based American Cancer Society where the study is published. Cassileth said, “Studies like this are important. Patients need to be protected against the idea that they brought on their cancer.”
The study interviewed 872 women, including 258 with breast cancer, about stressful events in their lives and found rates to be the same for women who did and did not have cancer.