Breast cancer and social connection. You would expect a strong social network to help you cope emotionally with a life-threatening disease. What’s more surprising is that social networks may also save lives more directly.
Researchers with Kaiser Permanente looked at information from more than 9,000 women diagnosed with breast cancer, concluding that those who were socially isolated were more likely both to suffer a recurrence and to die from the disease. Over the course of a little more than a decade, they had a 40 percent higher risk of recurrence, a 60 percent higher risk of dying from breast cancer and a 70 percent higher risk of dying, period. These connections were more pronounced during early stages of the disease.
These results appear in the journal Cancer.
Ibuprofen cuts lung cancer risk. Current and former smokers cut their risk of dying from lung cancer by nearly half if they regularly took Ibuprofen or similar medications, according to a study presented last week.
Lung cancer risk increases among people who experience chronic inflammation, but they can reduce that risk with medicines that reduce inflammation. Marisa Bittoni and colleagues from the Ohio State University looked at 18 years of data from more than 10,000 individuals to determine that people who regularly took nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, cut their risk of lung cancer death by 48 percent.
The group’s results were presented at the IASLC 17th World Conference on Lung Cancer (WCLC) in Vienna, Austria.