Are you stressed? If you are and you have been treated for clinically localized prostate cancer you are at a 66% increased risk of dying from your prostate cancer!

Research has shown that high stress levels are associated with an increased rate of prostate cancer (PCa) specific mortality among men treated for clinically localized prostate cancer.

According to Michael Jan, MD, and his collaborators at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden those of us who are experiencing high levels of stress need to be cautious. Their findings boil down to the fact that our stress could allow our prostate cancer to kill us. He surveyed 4,105 men treated for clinically localized prostate cancer and found that those with the highest levels of perceived stress had a 66% increased risk of PCa-specific mortality compared with men who had low stress levels!

These findings were published online ahead of print in the Scandinavian Journal of Urology. They also found that the men who were under the highest levels of stress also had a high frequency of grieving and sleep loss, as well as fewer people with whom to share their emotional problems, according to the investigators.

This study contributes to the growing understanding of the negative effect that stress can play, especially for men with localized prostate cancer. It emphasizes the need for additional interventions as well as additional research from the field of psychosocial quality of life research in men with prostate cancer. These findings clearly prove the usefulness of using target interventions to improve quality of life in men with prostate cancer.