Woah, Can Anxiety Increase Your Risk of Cancer?

A new study suggests the two conditions may be linked, but only for a specific group of people

It’s no surprise that both stress and anxiety can have lasting negative effects on your overall health over time, causing everything from an increased heart attack risk to gastrointestinal issues. (FYI, this is why the news makes you so anxious.)

And not only is anxiety incredibly difficult to deal with, but it’s also incredibly common.According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 18.1 percent of Americans suffer from some kind of anxiety disorder. What’s more, women are 60 percent more likely than men to experience anxiety over the course of their lives—as if dealing with periods, pregnancy, and fluctuating hormones weren’t hard enough, right? Now, a new study conducted by researchers at the University of Cambridge says anxiety could cause another really major health concern: cancer.

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