Skip to comments.Fear Could be Linked to Cancer (well that's just GREAT...)
Posted on 10/19/2006 3:09:05 PM PDT by presidio9
Young female rats afraid of new environments developed cancer tumors sooner than their more adventuresome sisters, a new study finds.
The researchers called the difference "striking."
The apprehensive rodents died sooner than others in the study because they got cancer earlier in life, on average. Importantly, however, the study found no difference in the length of time between onset of cancer and death in the two sets of rats.
Implications for humans?
The findings suggest research is needed into the possibility that human personality could predict cancer risk, the researchers write in the current issue of the journal Hormones and Behavior.
"Human studies may need to consider more basic behavior traits than those already considered," said Martha McClintock of the University of Chicago.
The scientists studied 81 female rats of a type known to develop breast and pituitary tumors. The researchers measured how far each one, at 20 days old, was willing to venture into a new, non-threatening environment.
By middle age, which is 390 days for these rats, 80 percent of the fearful females had mammary cancer, compared to just 38 percent of the adventuresome rats.
"This is the first evidence that infant temperament among rats predicts the time at which these tumors appear and the age at which the females will die," said the study's lead author, Sonia Cavigelli, a former University of Chicago researcher who is now at Pennsylvania State University.
During puberty, the fearful rats were twice as likely as the adventuresome rats to have irregular reproductive cycles, the study showed. The cycles stabilized during adulthood but then became irregular again for the fearful rats during middle age.
The irregular cycles might account for hormonal differences linked to the development of cancer earlier, the researchers conclude.
Previous research at the university found that adventuresome males lived longer.
I wouldn't worry about it. ;)
time to sue the DNC for cancer!
I'm afraid of nothing.. er, except cancer... and rats. Rats scare me.
They have known that "stress" has contributed to the onset of cancer in humans for 30 years. I guess they just found out it contributes to cancer in rats, too. Isn't science amazing. Who knew rats could suffer stress, I thought they just caused it in uncontrolled environments.
Be afraid; be very afraid.
Maybe rats cause cancer. Go to any medical lab and you find rats everywhere with cancer.....
I think stress depresses the immune system. Fear is certainly stressful.
I am not a big fan, but his most famous quote DOES sping to mind...
Do hypochondriacs have a higher or lower incidence of cancer?
A good rule of thumb: avoid anything that might tend to weaken your body's natural immunity.
If we could only find the IM's...
LOL! You're right, it's perfect for this article.
If that's the case, demoCommiecRATS must have a higher risk of cancer than Republicans with all the Fear Mongering and the Sky is Falling Negativity they put out!!!!
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