Depression and Cancer

Depression not only affects your brain and behavior—it affects your entire body. Depression has been linked with other health problems, including cancer.  Dealing with more than one health problem at a time can be difficult, so proper treatment is important.
Major depressive disorder, or depression, is a serious illness. Depression interferes with your daily life and routine and reduces your quality of life. About 6.7 percent of U.S. adults ages 18 and older have depression.
A Few Signs and Symptoms of Depression
  • Ongoing sad, anxious, or empty feelings
  • Feeling hopeless
  • Feeling guilty, worthless, or helpless
  • Feeling irritable or restless
  • Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once enjoyable
  • Thoughts of death and suicide or suicide attempts
If you think you are depressed or know someone who is, don’t lose hope.  Seek help for depression.  Speak with a doctor or contact a mental health professional.  You may also contact: United Way Helpline by dialing 2-1-1  or by emailing:
For more information and connections to free and/or low-cost local resources,
click here to read the brochure, Depression and Cancer.