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4 Your Health: New revelations about breast cancer

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Tucson- Although more women are surviving breast cancer, the treatments they endure can often cause lingering physical and mental effects.

92 percent of breast cancer survivors, in a new University of Pennsylvania study, said they had at least three long-term symptoms from treatment, like fatigue, pain and insomnia. And 65 percent said they were not getting the right treatment for at least one of their symptoms.

Researchers said, as a result, survivors were more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression.

It has also been revealed that breast cancer patients with few social connections are less likely to survive.

Scientists, at Kaiser Permanente, followed over nine thousand women with breast cancer for ten years.

Socially isolated women, had a 40 percent higher risk of recurrence and a 70-percent higher risk of death than those who had active social lives.

A good news on the the benefits of receiving skin to skin contact, better known as Kangaroo Mother Care, between a mother and her newborn.

Skin to skin contact is often recommended for preemies to help with breastfeeding and bonding.

But researchers have now found that 20 years later these mothers were more protective and nurturing and their children were less likely to have hyperactivity or behavior problems.

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