Choir singing can be useful in fighting against deadly diseases, reveals a study adding that the group activity can help put people in the best possible position to receive treatment, maintain remission and support cancer patients According British researchers, singing in a choir for an hour is associated with significant reduction in stress hormones — cortisol and increase in quantities of cytokines — proteins of the immune system, which can boost the body's ability to fight serious illness.
"We have been building a body of evidence over the past six years to show that singing in a choir can have a range of social, emotional and psychological benefits and now we can see it has biological effects too,” said study co-author Ian Lewis from Tenovus Cancer Care in Britain. "This is the first time it's been demonstrated that the immune system can be affected by singing. It's really exciting and could enhance the way we support people with cancer in the future," Lewis added in the paper published in the journal ecancermedicalscience.
The findings suggested that singing activity could reduce some of this stress-induced suppression, helping to improve wellbeing and quality of life amongst patients.