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Study:married cancer patients, greater survival

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New medical research finds being married may help improve chances of surviving cancer.

The study looked at more than 700-hundred thousand people diagnosed with the most deadly cancers.

Researchers found patients who were married were more likely to detect the disease early, receive potentially curative treatments, and live longer.

They saw a 20 percent reduction in deaths among patients who were married, compared with unmarried patients.

Scientists believe the social support a patient gets within a marriage leads to better survival rates.

The study showed that unmarried patients were half as likely to receive appropriate therapies.

These finding were published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

 

 

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