I have often hypothesized that stress can escalate the rate of prostate cancer progression, leading to earlier deaths. I work actively to find ways to eliminate stress from my immediate environment and from my life.

I have told the story many times about two men who were members of my weekly Malecare prostate cancer support group. Both of these men had very high stress jobs on Wall Street when they were diagnosed with recurrent prostate cancer. Both left their jobs, slowed down their life and did an excellent job in minimizing their stress levels. Both individuals also were able to control their cancer progression and seemed to push their cancer into being just a chronic disease.

Unfortunately, after a year or so, they both were lured back to the Street and became engulfed in high levels of stress. They both quickly became very ill as their prostate cancer progressed in leaps and bounds . Their tumors spread out of control and both died from advanced prostate cancer in a short amount of time.

Is this scientific proof that stress causes prostate cancer progression, no it is not, but it has convinced me of the significant negativite impact of stress. I strive to eliminate stress as best I can. I look at a situation and figure out how best to ignore any part that will lead to stress. I have become an advocate of and expert at stress avoidance.

A recent study published in Cancer (published online August 24, 2009), a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, concluded that cancer patients whose marriage disintegrated and ended in separation at the time of diagnosis do not live as long as widowed, divorced, and never married patients. The authors claimed that the stress associated with marital separation may compromise an individual’s immune system and lead to a greater susceptibility to cancer.

Much other research has shown that personal relationships have a significant role in physical health