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Study looks at link between depression and breast cancer treatment

A new study conducted by researchers from the University of Missouri found that single women and women with children at home were more likely to be depressed after breast cancer treatments.

"Many women receive strong support following their initial diagnoses of and treatment for cancer, but then the social support can wane," said lead reseracher Dr. Ann Bettencourt. "Our findings suggest that both single women and mothers with children in the home may need additional support across the entire year following breast cancer diagnosis and treatment."

Depression can negatively affect the recovery process in breast cancer patients, and it is important that physicians incorporate their mental health into their prognosis, the researchers state in their report.

According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women in the U.S. will eventually be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point during her lifetime. It is not only the most common form of cancer among women behind skin cancer but it is the second leading cause of cancer-related death, following only lung cancer. 
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