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Life change and gastric cancer.

Authors
  • Lehrer, S
Type
Published Article
Journal
Psychosomatic medicine
Publication Date
Sep 01, 1980
Volume
42
Issue
5
Pages
499–502
Identifiers
PMID: 7465736
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Forty colorectal cancer patients, 14 gastric cancer patients, and 10 normal controls were tested with the Social Readjustment Rating Scale. The gastric cancer patients had a significantly higher amount of life change (p less than 0.05) in the 2-year period preceding the onset of the first symptoms of their illness. Moreover, there was a significant (p less than 0.01) negative correlation between amount of life change and age at onset of symptoms in gastric cancer, but not in colorectal cancer. There was also no correlation between age and life change in the normal controls. These findings suggest that emotional stress may be a predisposing factor in gastric cancer.

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