Health & wellbeing
Tools
Typography

Although everyone should try to offset work-related stress with relaxing activities, there has been no evidence of a correlation between tumors and stress.A recent study published in the British Medical Journal analysed the possible correlation between job strain and risk of cancer.

Are work-related stress and pressure factors that may cause or increase the chances of getting a tumor? An analysis published in the British Medical Journal investigated whether work-related stress is associated with the overall risk of cancer.

A team, that included researchers from the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health (Työterveyslaitos) and University College London, conducted a meta-analysis compiled from 12 European studies, with a sample of more than 116,000 men and women aged 17-70 in Finland, France, Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark and United Kingdom.

The participants, all cancer-free when the study started, were studied for 12 years. The level of psychological stress was calculated using job strain – work-related stress – and analysed with parameters like age, sex, socio-economic position and consumption of alcohol and tobacco. Of the total number of people under observation, around 5 per cent was diagnosed with cancer. Even so, no relation between stress and risk of tumor was found.

Cardiac and gastroenteric – pertaining to stomach and intestines – problems, chronic fatigue, difficulty sleeping, headaches and fibromyalgia – widespread muscle pain and joint stiffness – are the most common health issues caused by stress.

“Even though it may sound easy to become ill, the reality is a bit different,” says Katriina Heikkilä, a member of the research team. “Going through a difficult time or being nervous a lot isn’t usually enough to get sick. It’s more a mix of genetic predispositions and other factors like obesity, smoking, lack of exercise, high cholesterol, diabetes and high pressure,” she adds.

...

YANNICK ILUNGA
HELSINKI TIMES
LEHTIKUVA / PIHLA LEHMUSJOKI

Only a fraction of the articles are available to public, please subscribe to be able to read whole article on the digital paper.

Please check our subscription periods and prices from here.

Read Helsinki Times with a subscriber code
Helsinki Times's digital paper has moved to our partner's website, LEHTILUUKKU.FI

Helsinki Times can be read with a subscriber code provided by the publisher or subscription office.

If you have received a subscriber code from the Helsinki Times, you may attach it to your Lehtiluukku user account to gain free access to Helsinki Times. The same subscriber code is valid for iPad and iPhone Helsinki Times' application.

Also the Android App is downloadable from Google play.

ICP3

Finland in the world press

Helsinki Finland Windy, 12 °C
Current Conditions
Sunrise: 7:6 am   |   Sunset: 7:18 pm
93%     16.1 m/s     34.744 bar
Forecast
Fri Low: 11 °C High: 13 °C
Sat Low: 13 °C High: 13 °C
Sun Low: 11 °C High: 13 °C
Mon Low: 11 °C High: 13 °C
Tue Low: 10 °C High: 13 °C
Wed Low: 10 °C High: 13 °C
Thu Low: 10 °C High: 12 °C
Fri Low: 8 °C High: 12 °C
Sat Low: 7 °C High: 12 °C
Sun Low: 7 °C High: 11 °C

Partners