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squamous_cell_cancerHealthDay (9/25, Preidt) reported that, according to a study published online Sept. 16 on the website of Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, “periods of short-term stress boost the immune system and protect against a certain type of skin cancer in mice.” Researchers from the Stanford University School of Medicine exposed mice “for 10 weeks to doses of cancer-causing ultraviolet light. Some of the mice were subjected to nine periods of short-term stress.” The team found that “fewer of the acutely stressed mice developed…squamous cell carcinoma during weeks 11 through 21,” and stressed rodents “that did develop skin cancer had [fewer] tumors than the non-stressed mice.” However, “the protective effect of the acute stress wasn’t permanent,” and “acute stress did not lower tumor burden beyond week 26.”

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