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According to an article published in Cancer, marital separation can have a negative effect of cancer survival rates. This may be due to stress caused by separation. On the other hand, being married or never married seem to improve the chances of survival.

In a study, 3.8 million cancer patient records were analyzed and it was found that married people fared better after being diagnosed with cancer. Separated spouses were one-third times less likely to survive.

In the study, it was found that 36.8 percent of separated people lived for 10 years after being diagnosed with cancer. On the other hand, 57.5 percent of married persons survived for 10 years.

The number of those separated was very small compared to the other groups — 51,857 compared to 2,184,055 who were married.

It is well known that marriage is beneficial for one’s health because spouses provide emotional support during illnesses.

The results of the study have been published in the online version of Cancer. In the print issue, they will be published in November. The study raises many questions due to the limitations of statistics used by the researchers. The study also didn’t take into consideration the marital history of those surveyed and some other details.

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