Social isolation is bad for every human being. We are born as social beings and this is why when we are socially isolated we tend to have worse health and to have many bad habits. This is true for patients with breast cancer too.
A new study showed that women who suffer from breast cancer and are socially isolated tend to have worst prospects. This study demonstrated that women who don’t have a lot of social ties (family, friends, and religious groups) had 43% more chances for their cancer to return. These women were also 64% more likely to die from this disease. They were also 69% more likely to die from any other cause.
Our friends and family are the ones that support us when times are hard and are happy for us when times are great. This is why women who are socially isolated have a higher risk of dying than women who are more socially active.
The study also showed that women who are socially active tend to be healthier because they exercise more and they don’t smoke or drinks as much are women who are socially isolated. When it comes to breast cancer or any type or cancer patients need to communicate, to know that somebody is there for them.
Aside from the moral support family and friends can help breast cancer patients by cooking meals and picking up prescriptions. The study showed that social isolation makes people have bad habits and stop getting chemotherapy. This can worsen the prospects of patients.
Despite the fact that there is a link between health and social ties, this study can’t prove that social support can prolong life. Researchers mentioned that it can improve the quality of life and when people feel better they tend to live longer.
Other studies showed that life partners or spouses tend to have a big influence in the patient’s life. Previous studies showed that partners encourage each other to have a healthier by exercising together and reminding one other to take their medications.
All of the studies showed that people who are socially active tend to have happier healthier lives compared to those who are socially isolated.
What is your opinion about this study? Do you think that social ties can help breast cancer patients?
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