Long-Term Effects of Extreme Stress

March 23, 2010

Many European-born Israelis who lived through the Holocaust were subject to severe starvation, extreme mental stress, exposure to a variety of infectious agents, and hypothermia. Perhaps it is no coincidence that these Jews now have higher rates of all types of cancers-especially breast and colon cancer-than other Jewish or non-Jewish ethnic groups who currently live in Israel. The authors of a study recently published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute comment that experiences during WWII appear to have had a direct impact on the long-term health of survivors.

Many European-born Israelis who lived through the Holocaust were subject to severe starvation, extreme mental stress, exposure to a variety of infectious agents, and hypothermia. Perhaps it is no coincidence that these Jews now have higher rates of all types of cancers-especially breast and colon cancer-than other Jewish or non-Jewish ethnic groups who currently live in Israel. The authors of a study recently published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute comment that experiences during WWII appear to have had a direct impact on the long-term health of survivors.