UNAIR NEWS – The growth of cancer cells requires a long development process and is influenced by many risk factors. The cause is uncertain, not only caused by a single risk factor, but a combination of various factors.
A number of studies have concluded that there is a link between body and mind. The analogy, the body and the mind will interact so that the mind then ‘steers’ a person’s physical condition.
Psychoneuroimmunology expert from Faculty of Medicine Universitas Airlangga Prof. Dr. Suhartono Taat Putra, dr., MS revealed that stress turned out to be one of the triggers of cancer. This is reinforced by the research that links character of a person with the risk of cancer.
In the study mentioned, perfectionists women, tend to be prone to breast cancer compared to women with cheerful character.
Why? because women who demand everything to be perfect and intolerant to others will experience stress more often while sanguine character who is known to be more easy going in daily life rarely experience stress.
In addition to stress, other triggers come from family history, viral infections, exposure to chemicals, unhealthy lifestyles and diets, and radiation.
For that we need prevention efforts. Prof. Taat emphasized that we all should always think positive, move more, avoid excessive stress, and live a healthier lifestyle. We also need to do secondary prevention with early detection and vaccination.
“About 43 percent of cancers can be prevented by a healthy lifestyle and 30 percent of cancers can be detected,” he said.
In addition to live a healthy lifestyle, religious activities are also able to truly control one’s emotional. Thus, it is expected to prevent the seeds of cancer cells.
“Those who always think positive will feel tremendous impact. In addition to improving endurance, positive thinking can also lower blood pressure and blood sugar. With positive thinking, the quality of one’s life will improve, “he said.
According to him, praising God can increase one’s spiritual intelligence to his God. So it can automatically generate a positive and right action. As long as religious-based psychotherapy is done in the right way, it will bring benefits.
“The pain that God gives to someone is nothing but a form of love to the creation. If we want to realize that, then we will not have negative thinking, and choose to surrender and sincere. That way, the emotional intelligence will be better, “he said.
Although no studies have clearly demonstrated the impact of psychotherapy shown in terms of the percentage of outcomes, psychotherapy has brought many positive changes to the lives of cancer survivors.
They are cancer survivors, who try to fight the pain by method of healing through self-approach to God.
“Everyday these cancer survivors move, volunteer, and continue to give charity. Many of them feel the quality of life for the better, “said the man who had been active teaching psychoneuroimunology science in FK UNAIR. (*)
Author: Sefya Hayu Istighfaricha
Editor: Binti Q. Masruroh