Cutting down your work related stress may lower your cancer risk

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Researchers say that prolonged exposure to stress associated with work is thought to be related to some cancers.

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Too much stress associated with work is not at all good for your health. In fact it appears too much work related stress is associated with cancer.

A link exists between cancer and work associated stress

Institut national de la recherche scientifique - INRS reports this is the first study which found a link exists between cancer and work associated stress as perceived by men during their working lifetime. It appears that prolonged stress may be associated with some types of cancer.

Prolonged exposure to work associated stress in men has been linked to a higher likelihood of colon, rectal, lung, and stomach cancer and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The links between work related stress and cancer were seen in men who had been exposed to 15-30 or more years of work associated stress. There was no such link observed in study participants who had jobs which were stressful for less than 15 years.

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Perceived of stress was not limited to just a high work load

In this study the most stressful jobs included aerospace engineer, mechanic foreman, vehicle and railway-equipment repair worker, firefighter, industrial engineer, and aerospace engineer. Perceived of stress was not limited to just a high work load and constraints on time. Other sources of stress noted by participants in the study were sales commissions, customer service, anxious temperament, responsibilities at work, job insecurity, employee supervision, financial problems, a hard commute, challenging or dangerous work conditions, and interpersonal conflict.

There are increased odds of cancer in 5 out of 11 sites with prolonged exposure to perceived stress at work

This study has been published in the journal Preventive Medicine. It has been concluded by the researchers that there are increased odds of cancer in 5 out of 11 sites with prolonged exposure to perceived stress at work. It seems like a good idea to attempt to lower conditions which increase stress at work and find more time to relax.

Since it may be difficult to address all of the problems associated with work related stress why not try daily meditation to cope with the stress. As Mayo Clinic reports a day's stress can be washed away with meditation. Your calm and inner peace can be restored with meditation.

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