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Does stress cause cancer?


Stress has become a consistent part of our busy and hectic lives.

The momentary stress that you feel while commuting to work or before giving an important presentation is called acute stress. Acute stress subsides in a short while and is usually harmless for your health.

But when stress is prolonged and lingers for weeks or even months, it is a cause of concern. Chronic stress and anxiety can lead to several health issues ranging from mild depression to a heart attack or stroke.

Stress does not directly cause cancer. But how you handle stress impacts your immune system and ability to heal. Stress inhibits your body’s ability to fight disease and makes the body more hospitable to cancer.

There are a lot of healthy habits you can incorporate into your life to manage stress before it becomes a monster that eats your health:

  1. Explore the outdoorsfresh air does wonders for the body and mind. Take a walk or go for a jog.
  2. Eat healthy - Eating a healthy and well-nourished diet helps you de-stress. Don't skip any meal and try to reduce caffeine and sugar intake. Avoid processed or oily food that mess with your digestive system.
  3. Regular activity - Physical activities are effective in easing stress. An hour at the gym or yoga can help reduce your blood pressure in the long run. Pick a favourite activity or sport like swimming, cycling and form a routine around it.
  4. Meditate - Meditation is a proven stress-buster when done correctly. Breathe freely and exhale all that anxiety away.

Stress about health & finances

Among the major causes of chronic stress are worries about financial health. If a family member is diagnosed with cancer, there is a monetary aspect in which the expenses related to the treatment need to be planned and this can be highly stressful, draining out your savings. Investing in a suitable Cancer Insurance plan helps relieve the stress during this difficult time.

Max Life Cancer Insurance Plan (UIN- 104N093V02)- A Non-Linked Non-Participating Insurance Plan. Benefits defined under the plan are payable only on diagnosis of Cancer as specified. There is no maturity or surrender benefit available under the plan.

1) The information in this article has been collected through secondary research and Max Life Insurance Company Limited is not responsible for the accuracy of the content
2) This information is provided for general knowledge only. Kindly consult your doctor/physician for any specific queries


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