By Holly Lebowitz Rossi

Mothers and single women undergoing treatment for breast cancer are more likely to experience depression in the months following treatment than patients with spouses or without kids, a new study has found.

The study, which was published in the journal Psychology & Health, measured depression using a questionnaire that renders a depression "score." Though all breast cancer patients experienced some degree of psychological distress, women who were single, had children at home, or lived in low-income families had the highest risk of suffering from ongoing depression after treatment.

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