Loneliness and Social Isolation in Men Increase Cancer Risk

Loneliness and Social Isolation in Men Increase Cancer Risk

A statistical analysis revealed that the men who developed cancer were disproportionately likely to have reported feelings of loneliness, social isolation and depression. Interestingly, the strength of the two associations—loneliness and increased cancer risk and social isolation and increased cancer risk—varied between cancer types. While loneliness was a factor for lung cancer, social isolation wasn’t. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many to experience feelings of loneliness and social isolation. See “Older Adults Feel Lonelier Due to COVID-19” and “A Cancer Survivor’s ‘Isolation Journals’ Become a Balm for Pandemic Loneliness.”

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