Monday, September 21, 2020
Home Life Style Health & Fitness Individuals Who Have Lost Their Partners Are Likely to Suffer from Melanoma

Individuals Who Have Lost Their Partners Are Likely to Suffer from Melanoma

Lost your partner? Death stares at you in form of skin cancer

Individuals who experience the loss of a partner are less likely to be diagnosed with melanoma or skin cancer but face an increased risk of dying from the disease, new research has claimed.

While previous studies have suggested a link between various types of stress and progression of melanoma, which may have played a role in the finding, the researchers suggest that an alternative explanation could be that bereaved people no longer have a close person to help notice skin changes.

This delays detection of a possible melanoma, and therefore diagnosis, until the cancer has progressed to later stages, when it is generally more aggressive and harder to treat.

Melanoma
Previous studies have suggested a link between various types of stress and progression of melanoma. Pixabay

“Many factors can influence melanoma survival. Our work suggests that melanoma may take longer to detect in bereaved people, potentially because partners play an important role in spotting early signs of skin cancer,” said Angel Wong, lead author and Research Fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

“Support for recently bereaved people, including showing how to properly check their skin, could be vital for early detection of skin cancer, and thus improved survival,” Wong added in a paper published in the British Journal of Dermatology.

The researchers, led by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Aarhus University Hospital, investigated whether bereaved individuals had a higher risk of being diagnosed with, or dying from, melanoma than the non-bereaved.

They used data from two large population-based studies between 1997 and 2017 in the UK and Denmark.

They found that melanoma patients who experienced bereavement had a 17 per cent higher risk of dying from their melanoma compared with those who were not bereaved, with similar results seen in both the UK and Denmark.

This study also showed that those who had lost a partner were 12 per cent less likely to be diagnosed with melanoma compared with non-bereaved persons, with 620 and 1667 bereaved diagnosed in the UK and Denmark respectively over the 20 year period, compared with 6,430 and 16,166 non-bereaved.

Melanoma
Each year, 197,000 people are diagnosed with melanoma globally. Pixabay

This delays detection of a possible melanoma, and therefore diagnosis, until the cancer has progressed to later stages, when it is generally more aggressive and harder to treat.

Each year, 197,000 people are diagnosed with melanoma globally.

The survival rate of melanoma patients is relatively high, depending on what stage the cancer is at detection. Early detection and treatment are crucial for improving survival.

The researchers encourage family members or caregivers to perform skin examinations for the remaining partner, and call for clinicians to lower their threshold for undertaking skin examinations in bereaved people.

Also Read- Find Out why Pregnant Women with Depression are Likely to Use Cannabis

“Detecting melanoma early can greatly improve survival and partners are key to this. Those without a partner should be vigilant in checking their skin, particularly in hard to reach locations such as the back, scalp, and ears,” suggested Dr Walayat Hussain of the British Association of Dermatologists. (IANS)

STAY CONNECTED

19,148FansLike
362FollowersFollow
1,774FollowersFollow

Most Popular

Pandemic To Increase Child Labour, Trafficking & Slavery: Satyarthi

The COVID-19 pandemic will result in "most definite and substantial increase" in child labour, child trafficking and slavery across the world, warned Nobel Laureate...

Wooden Puppets Will Enact Ramlila In Varanasi This Year

The world famous Ramlila in Varanasi will not be held this year due to the pandemic but the tradition will not be broken either. Wooden...

Guidelines For Disposal Of Cigarette Butts Within 3 Months To Be Layed Down

The National Organisation for Tobacco Eradication on Sunday welcomed the direction of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB)...

Actress Malaika Arora Feels Blessed To Overcome Covid-19

Actress Malaika Arora says she feels blessed to have overcome Covid-19 with minimum pain. Malaika, who tested positive earlier this month, took to Instagram to...

UN World Leaders To Make Efforts To Address Global Challenges

Ahead of the high-level meetings of the UN scheduled for Monday, the international community expects world leaders to make collective efforts to address global...

We Are Here to Serve Our Farmers: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday again sought to assure the opposition on minimum support price (MSP) and to allay the fears of farmers...

Climate Change Threatens Health, Future of All Children, Adolescents

Many wealthy nations are letting the world's younger generations down by failing to curb planet-warming emissions, a U.N.-backed report said Wednesday, warning climate change...

Here’s the First Picture of Another Solar System

The European Southern Observatory has released the first image ever captured by a telescope of multiple planets orbiting around a sun-like star, just like...

Recent Comments

Donate to NewsGram to support quality journalism.
x