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Breast cancer

04 March 2013

1 in 4 breast cancer diagnoses may spur PTSD

Women who are younger, black or Asian at highest risk for short-term symptoms of stress disorder.

Nearly one in four breast cancer patients has symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder shortly after they receive their cancer diagnosis, and the risk is highest in black and Asian patients, a new study reveals.

Younger women were more likely than older women to have PTSD symptoms, and Asian and black women had a more than 50% higher risk than white women, according to the researchers at the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center.

Breastcancer.org has more about breast cancer and PTSD.

 

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Dr Gudgeon qualified in Birmingham, England, in 1968. She has more than 40 years experience in oncology, and in 1994 she founded her practice, Cape Breast Care, where she treats benign and malignant breast cancers. Dr Boeddinghaus obtained her qualification at UCT Medical School in 1994 and her MRCP in London in 1998. She has worked extensively in the field of oncology and has a special interest in the hormonal management of breast cancer. She now works with Dr Gudgeon at Cape Breast Care. Read more.

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