Anxiety and depression may increase cancer risk

Depressed and anxious people may be at greater risk of some cancers than their psychologically healthier counterparts, according to international researchers including a team from the University of Sydney.

Their analysis of unpublished data from 16 studies found associations between distress and cancer, most notably for carcinoma of the colorectum, prostate, pancreas and oesophagus, and for leukaemia.

Published in The BMJ, the