Having cancer can be scary, but patients with a solid support system may have a higher chance of survival. It's because they'll have people whom they can count on to nurse them through therapy, drive them to appointments, make sure they take their medicine, and eat properly.

A study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology found that married people with cancer were twenty percent less likely to die from the disease, compared to people who were separated, divorced, widowed or never married.

Of course, the study doesn't encourage you to get married just in case you get cancer. Senior author Paul Nguyen, a radiation oncologist at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, explained the findings as:
We don't just see this as an affirmation of marriage. Rather, it should send a message to anyone who has a friend or loved one with cancer: By being there for that person and helping them navigate their appointments and make it through all their treatments, you can make a real difference to that person's outcome.

[USA Today]