Men diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) are at higher risk of dying from cancer, a new study says.
On Tuesday, at the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology’s Congress in Vienna, researchers showcased their massive study which lasted throughout the past 15 years. The purpose of the study was to find a link between anxiety and cancer, and that’s exactly what researchers carefully observed in their over 10,000 British participants.
Although smoking and alcohol consumption are often seen in patients with excessive anxiety, researchers took this into account when studying participants that did not suffer fro generalized anxiety disorder, according to the Los Angeles Times.
To be specific, researchers say that participants with GAD are 2.15 times more likely than non-GAD participants to die from cancer. GAD, diagnosed more in women, was concluded to not have the same results as only men show an increased risk of cancer.
Now, the study in no way suggests anxiety causes cancer, as it only proves that risky behavior influenced by anxiety can increase the risk of developing, and potentially dying from cancer.
Olivia Remes, the lead author of Cambridge University’s Institute of Public Health, gave the following comment after news broke out about the study.
“With this study, we show that anxiety is more than just a personality trait,” but rather, a disorder linked to real and serious health risks.”