Breast cancer survivors and depression levels in their spouses
Mar 30, 2011
A study in Denmark of more than 1.1 million men found that those with wives who had been diagnosed with breast cancer suffered greater chances of depression, according to a recent report from Lex 18 News.
The researchers looked at data spanning 13 years in which the participants were over the age of 30, did not have a history of depression and had been married for five or more years.
Scientists found that the husbands of breast cancer patients had a 39 percent higher chance of bipolar disease, depression or mood alterations compared to men whose wives did not have breast cancer.
Breast cancer is the most frequent cancer in women in developing countries. Women over the age of 40 are recommended by the American Cancer Society to have yearly mammograms in order to catch the illness at its earliest stage.
Once diagnosed with breast cancer, studies have found that spending time outdoors, for example in gardening activities, can help improve mood and lessen the chances of depression, according to the Denver Channel News.