Study: Anxiety Can Act As Warning Signal For Cancer
The researchers caution that the findings don't show exactly how cancer is related to anxiety, but the fact that men with anxiety were 2.15 times more likely to die of cancer means the diagnosis should act as a red flag.
Los Angeles Times:
Men With Anxiety Are More Vulnerable To Cancer, Study Says
Men over 40 who are plagued with the omnipresent of generalized anxiety disorder are more than twice as likely to die of cancer than are men who do not have the mental affliction, new research finds. But for women who suffer from severe anxiety, the research found no increased risk of cancer death. That finding, presented Tuesday at the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology’s Congress in Vienna, emerges from the largest study ever to explore a link between anxiety and cancer. It tracked 15,938 Britons over 40 for 15 years. (Healy, 9/20)
In other public health news —
The San Diego Union-Tribune:
Is Chromium In Drinking Water A Health Risk?
Most San Diegans are drinking water containing hexavalent chromium at levels higher than the goals set by California’s scientists, but that fall well below the state’s legal limits for the toxic metal, a new report by the Environmental Working Group found. The report, released Wednesday, seeks to draw attention to a chemical that’s ubiquitous in drinking water in more than 200 million Americans. It also highlights the tension between maximizing public health and setting limits that regulators deem practical. (Brennan, 9/21)