Are you married? It can cut your risk of skin cancer death
Who said being married didn’t have its advantages? The latest one to add to the list is that those people who are married are less likely to die from skin cancer than their counterparts, according to a latest study.
Are you married? It can cut your risk of skin cancer death. Now your marital status can also have a profound impact on your health and well being according to a new research as those people who are married are more likely to be diagnosed with melanoma at an earlier and at a more treatable stage, as compared to those people who are unmarried, divorced or widowed. From a study of about 50,000 skin cancer patients in America, it was found that more than 40% of the married ones had stage 1 tumor and had a 98% survival rate. On the other hand, the chances of early detection of these diseases fell down by 32% for the single patients, 70% for the widowed and around 38% for the divorced. It was admitted by the researchers at the University of Pennsylvania that they were stunned at the differences in the results!
How can being married help?
Skin cancer signs and symptoms can appear anywhere on the body including the back or the legs and places where one might not be able to detect or identify it themselves. This has led researchers to believe that having somebody who can look at your body for any sort of changes on the skin can be one of the reasons why those people who are married or in relationships are better able to seek medical help earlier and have their cancer detected, than those without a partner. Being married can also help as the spouses can provide encouragement and support to their partners to seek physical evaluation or medical help.
The unmarried people should also seek help from others if they notice any warning signs on their body and have their skin examined by a family member or a friend or even from a dermatologist.
The statistics on melanoma
Melanoma is one of the biggest skin cancer killers in North America and in Australia where it is quite common for people over the age of sixty, especially men. The researched analyzed around 52,000 melanoma patients in the United States government database who had been diagnosed with skin cancer from 2010 to 2014. This type of cancer, unlike the other cancers, is more likely to spread to other organs of the body beyond the initial tumor site.
There are studies from all over the world which point to the same correlation and this research is not limited to just America alone. A study conducted in Sweden also found that those men who are living alone are 42% less likely to spot skin cancer in its early stages and there is also a 32% chance of them dying from the disease as compared to married men.
What does it look like?
In many cases, melanoma looks like a mole that can vary in color but quite often, it is tan, black, brown or even in a dark blue color. Skin cancer generally appears on that part of the body which is exposed to the UV lights or direct sunlight but in many cases it can even appear on other parts of the body as well. The biggest warning sign of skin cancer is when an existing mole increases in its size or changes its appearance. This means that it is important to assess the shape of the mole and detect if it has become irritated or itchy.
So is marriage good for health?
This is not the first research that points out that being married can actually be a blessing. There have been several other studies which also suggest that it helps to reduce the risk of heart disease and depression. Moreover, a paper published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry suggested that being married can actually help in the healthy functioning of the brain. A study suggested that those people who had never been in a relationship their whole lives were 42% more likely to develop dementia % than those who were married or had healthy relationships.
US Cancer Database Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) evaluated the results from around 52,063 men and women both, around the ages of 52 to 75 and found that being married definitely has an impact on the disease detection, prognosis as well as on the treatment.
The biggest advantage that the married people have over their unmarried, divorced, single or widowed counterparts is that they have somebody to can notice signs on their body and any form of changes which they themselves cannot detect. Moreover it is also the support their spouses provide which helps in the early detection of the disease.