Why Being Single Can Be Deadly

Being single might have its perks, but a recent study shows that it might also be deadly if you don’t have the right support network around you when you get ill.

I remember the first time I had to buy single bedsheets… it was a nightmare. They only had sheets in white, blue and black, and finding a duvet cover that wasn’t tacky was like expecting it to snow in July.

‘How am I supposed to get a guy to stay the night if my bed is dressed in Pingu sheets?’ I remember asking one of my friends.

Turns out that was the least of my worries while being single, however, as research by the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, has revealed that those who are single are more likely to die from cancer.

Shockingly, the study shows that 53% of cancer patients who are not in a relationship are less likely to get the right treatment. Why? Because being in a relationship means having two opinions rather than one, and it also means that you have someone else to help you choose treatment options, according to psychologist Patricia Mumby, Ph.D., from Loyola University Medical Center. Yet the benefits go beyond that.

The research revealed that having a loved one close to you during such trying times also makes it easier for the patient to have 24/7 assistance, and someone to help them go to the doctor and take their medication, increasing the odds of survival – and this applies for any other illness a person may be afflicted with.

So what do you do if you’re going through cancer and you’re single?

Up your communication skills, says Patricia Mumby. Making sure you understand your condition completely and knowing about the different kinds of treatments can make all the difference. And although it seems obvious, many people don’t actually do it! It is also vital to surround yourself with friends and family and have someone you trust help you out with whatever you may need.

What do you think of this research? Do you agree?