A new study is proving that people who are diagnosed with cancer have an increased chance of survival if they are married. The study also found that 17 percent of married people with cancer were less likely to have it metastasize.
On reason for the results could be that those who are married and battling cancer have a stronger and closer support system. They also have someone to share their hardship with, which could possibly decrease rates of depression and anxiety. Researcher’s also stated that those who are married with cancer are more likely to have someone to go with them to their appointments and to make sure they stick to their treatments. These results support the notion that even those battling cancer that are not married could significantly benefit from a stronger support system made up of family and friends.
Surprisingly, these results were more prominent for men than women. A study conducted in Norway found that unmarried men with cancer were more likely to die than their married counterparts and that the gap between the two has gone up over the years. So remember to always love and support those you know who are battling cancer because it could just help them overcome it!