Journal of the Scientific Society

: 2014  |  Volume : 41  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 232--235

Depression and cancer: An update

Satish Kumar Budania1, Monika Rathi2, Shalini Singh3, Suresh Yadav4 
1 Department of Psychiatry, Subharti Medical College, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India
2 Department of Pathology, Lala Lajpat Rai Memorial Medical College, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India
3 Department of Psychiatry, Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi, India
4 Department of Psychiatry, King George's Medical College, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India

Correspondence Address:
Monika Rathi
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A large number of psychosocial factors are associated with cancer. Depression is one of these important associated factors. It is hypothesized that depression compromises the immune system and results in dysregulation of deoxyribonucleic acid repair enzymes, leading to subsequent development of cancers. The association between depression and cancer has always been debatable and controversial. We decided to conduct a new systematic review to investigate, if the conclusion, about depression being a risk factor for cancer development still holds true. We did extensive literature search at databases like PubMed, MedLine and EBSCO. Our review suggests the significantly increased association between depression and cancer, especially breast cancer.

How to cite this article:
Budania SK, Rathi M, Singh S, Yadav S. Depression and cancer: An update.J Sci Soc 2014;41:232-235

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Budania SK, Rathi M, Singh S, Yadav S. Depression and cancer: An update. J Sci Soc [serial online] 2014 [cited 2020 May 26 ];41:232-235
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