Increased emotional distress in daughters of breast cancer patients is associated with decreased natural cytotoxic activity, elevated levels of stress hormones and decreased secretion of Th1 cytokines.

@article{Cohen2002IncreasedED,
  title={Increased emotional distress in daughters of breast cancer patients is associated with decreased natural cytotoxic activity, elevated levels of stress hormones and decreased secretion of Th1 cytokines.},
  author={Miri Cohen and Ehud Klein and Abraham Kuten and Geta Fried and Oren Zinder and Shimon Pollack},
  journal={International journal of cancer},
  year={2002},
  volume={100 3},
  pages={347-54}
}
DBCP who are aware of their increased risk of developing breast cancer may suffer from high emotional distress. Chronic stress may interfere with NCA and low NCA is associated with increased cancer risk. We studied 80 DBCP and 47 age- and education-matched healthy females (controls). Heparinized venous blood (30 ml) was drawn from all subjects between 8 and 9 A.M., and each participant answered a set of psychologic questionnaires. In addition, the first-morning urine sample was collected. DBCP… CONTINUE READING

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