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Breast cancer patients benefit from support system

A new study completed by the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center and the Shanghai Institute of Preventive Medicine has found that women who have a support system in place for the first year following their diagnosis of breast cancer are less likely of having the disease return, according to The Times of India.

Over the course of two years, the two institutions used a quality of life survey with 2,230 breast cancer survivors in China within six months of diagnosis and a follow-up after 36 months. The women were asked about everything from their sleep habits, appetite, psychological state and social support.

The women who scored the highest on social well-being on the surveys life scale had a 48 percent reduction in their chances of cancer recurrence and their chances of survival increased by 38 percent.

The statistics show that mental state as well as a positive support system could work wonders for the likelihood of a patient surviving breast cancer. The research speaks to the role that family, friends and a positive attitude can have in the years after treatment.

According to BreastCancer.org, 1 in 8 women will develop some form of invasive breast cancer in their lifetime. 
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