Psychological problems in men experiencing cancer

4 diciembre 2014

Some key markers for vulnerability to psychological problems in men experiencing cancer have been identified by researchers. A group of 127 men aged 18 and over with a cancer diagnosis were recruited through the National Health Service in England and cancer charities between April 2009 and April 2011. The participants were assessed for demographic factors, social support, anxiety and depression, and distress. The findings indicated that participants who were separated and divorced had lower social support and greater depression. Younger age was related to higher anxiety, and distress. Living in an area of higher deprivation indicated greater depression and anxiety. Social support was also a key indicator of psychological health.