Does anger or sadness cause cancer?

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Question from kt9192: I've heard that the anger and/or the sadness come before the cancer--that the cancer is actually a reaction to inner anger. What do you think?
Answers - David Spiegel In a word--nonsense. There is absolutely no evidence that anger causes cancer. And there is no evidence that emotions turned inward give you cancer. I think it is cruel for people to be blamed or blame themselves for giving themselves cancer when that is not what happens. We get cancer because we are biological beings and are vulnerable to that and a lot of other illnesses.
Marisa Weiss, M.D. The cancer itself causes so much suffering that our natural inclination to blame ourselves can add to that suffering. Try to avoid that big pitfall.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Feelings about Breast Cancer featured David Spiegel, Ph.D. and moderator Marisa Weiss, M.D. answering your questions about the emotional effects of breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in October 2000.

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