Cancer Leads to Divorce?

Obviously cancer is bad, but is it bad for marriage? Hard to believe, but a new study claims divorce-risk increases if one partner suffers from testicular or cervical cancer. Michael Kahn of Reuters is on it:
The research compared divorce rates of 215,000 cancer survivors with those among couples free of cancer over a 17-year period.


However, testicular and cervical cancer seemed to lead to a higher chance of marriages breaking up, the study found.

Women with cervical cancer had nearly a 70 percent greater risk of divorce at the age of 20, a level that fell to 19 percent at 60. For testicular cancer, the divorce risk was 34 percent at 20 and 16 percent at 60, it said.

The reason could be because both diseases affect intimacy and result in decreased sexual activity, said Astri Syse of the Norwegian Cancer Registry, who led the study.
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Bruce Hamilton - November 24, 2007 12:53 PM

Re: "The reason could be because both diseases affect intimacy and result in decreased sexual activity, said Astri Syse of the Norwegian Cancer Registry, who led the study".

I think that speculation is backwards. My personal speculation is that the reason they got cancer is that, in these cases, it is a sexually-transmitted disease. These people probably have a history of multiple partners. People who are less faithful and committed are inevitably going to experience more divorces.

--Bruce

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