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    DD, Aged 17

    When people would talk they didn't know what to say which was understandable.  more...


    Mimi - 15 years old

    I lost myself doing stupid things, angry and sad and depressed at everything. I ended up failing my classes, not caring about school, and getting into fights.  more...


    Chelsea - 14 years old

    I stuck my head round the door in the room mum was in, and she looked really ill. I couldn't understand what was happening - one minute my mum was fine and the next she was ill.  more...


    Clair - aged 14

    Something I wish is I could just have one more day with my dad! - to tell him how much I love him and how sorry I am for all the bad things I have said and done to him!  more...


    Nicole - 17 years old

    This time the doctors are unable to operate. He has already had 6 sessions of chemo and is having another 6 sessions. I cannot help feeling I may lose him.  more...


    Rirrif - 15 years old

    I have been staying with my dad because my mom doesn't want me around when she is sick, which is all the time. My dad works at night so I spend a lot of time alone since I'm not with my mom. I'm afraid she is going to die and I'll blame myself for not being there more. more...


    HT - 13 years old

    She has been so strong about this and is keen to put it all behind her.  more...

Can being stressed increase my risk of developing cancer?

Although stress can affect the immune system, its link to cancer is unknown

Stress seems to play a part in illness, but quite how much is still unknown. We do know that stress can affect both hormone levels and our immune system but there is no proof to say that stress can lead to cancer as a consequence of this. Some people think that if a stressed person has a cancer developing, their stress will make it harder for their immune system to kill the cancer cells. However, analyses of many different studies have still not found any robust evidence that there is a link between stress and cancer.

Everyone gets stressed now and then and sometimes being stressed can lead people to do unhealthy things such as smoke, drink too much, eat too much food or eat unhealthy foods. This type of unhealthy lifestyle can increase our risk of getting cancer but stress in itself has not been proven to cause cancer.

Therefore, if you want to reduce your risk of getting cancer the most important thing you can do that is within your own control is to lead a healthy lifestyle and definitely not smoke.

Page updated 23 April 2015