HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Study finds no evidence of a 'cancer personality'

There is no association between two specific personality traits neuroticism and extroversion and cancer, according to a new study, one of the largest prospective twin studies to examine this issue. The study, published in the March 1, 2005 issue of CANCER (http://www.interscience.wiley.com/cancer-newsroom), a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, also finds no evidence that personality traits indirectly lead to cancer through behavioral factors, such as smoking.

Personality traits are popularly cited as risk factors for cancer. Some studies have gone so far as to suggest that two traits in particular, neuroticism and extroversion, may be such risk factors. Scientists have hypothesized that a high degree of extroversion and low degree of neuroticism are associated with an increased risk. Some studies further show that these personality traits influence known risk behaviors that would explain the increased cancer risk. However, other studies, some with larger study populations and better study designs, have found no such associations.

Pernille Hansen, M.A. of the Department of Psychosocial Cancer Research at the Institute of Cancer Epidemiology in Copenhagen, Denmark led a team of investigators who reviewed cancer history, health behavior, and personality trait data collected from 29,595 Swedish twins enrolled in the Swedish Twin Registry. These patients were born between 1926-1958 and were followed an average 25 years.

A total of 1898 instances of cancer were reported in this cohort. Analyses demonstrated no association between either neuroticism or extraversion and any group of cancer. Moreover, even after these factors were combined, no increased cancer risk was identified.

"We found no indication of an association between certain personality traits and risks for cancer," conclude the authors, "nor did we find support for an indirect association whe
'"/>

Contact: David Greenberg
dgreenbe@wiley.com
201-748-6484
John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
24-Jan-2005


Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Study of energy and health in Africa focuses spotlight on charcoal and forest management
2. Study shows promise in identifying kidney failure
3. Study shows patch therapy may be as effective as oral medications
4. Study shows soy is well accepted in school lunches
5. Study finds that coordinating care of chronically ill patients does not increase liability
6. Study provides new estimates of the causes of child mortality worldwide
7. Study finds factors linked to substance use disorder relapse among health care professionals
8. Study finds majority of women willing to accept cervical cancer vaccine for self and children
9. Study shows use of budesonide reduced the risk of asthma related events by 40% in children
10. Study shows risk of cardiac death after radiation for breast cancer has dramatically decreased
11. Study shows acrylamide in baked and fried food does not increase risk of breast cancer in women

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:8/11/2018)... ... ... Dr. Siavash Eftekhari, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon at Monarch Dental® in ... to deliver dental care in impoverished communities. Along with a team of fellow ... to help deliver care to over 550 individuals in need. , This outreach was ...
(Date:8/11/2018)... ATLANTA (PRWEB) , ... August 11, 2018 , ... ... winner of a Silver Stevie® Award in the Executive of the Year-Business category ... the world’s premier business awards program. All individuals and organizations worldwide – public ...
(Date:8/9/2018)... ... August 09, 2018 , ... ... by simplifying medication adherence monitoring with Smart-pill bottle and mobile applications, DoseSmart ... the App Orchard. , The DoseSmart medication management and medication adherence platform ...
(Date:8/7/2018)... ... August 07, 2018 , ... Sussex Vision Center, a multi-site optometry practice ... Sussex, OD, founded the practice in Coldwater, and over the last three decades has ... to offer comprehensive eye health services for patients of all ages. , “I ...
(Date:8/3/2018)... ... August 03, 2018 , ... On August 2, 2018 ... proceedings. Mark Sadaka of Sadaka Associates, LLC has been litigating Zostavax injuries ... before the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation for the thousands of people injured by ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:8/3/2018)... ... August 03, 2018 , ... Flexefits, a pioneer in direct -pay, direct access ... allowing participants in Direct Primary Care arrangements to keep HSA eligibility and permit DPC ... individual and $300 per family per month.) , “We are very pleased to see ...
(Date:8/2/2018)... ... ... UMD Professor Utpal Pal leads a team of investigators across multiple institutions ... of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), ... contribute to the spread of major diseases like Lyme disease. Pal is the project ...
(Date:8/2/2018)... ... August 02, 2018 , ... ... with customer relationship management (CRM), patient experience and provider communication solutions for ... Program for Health Information Service Providers (HISPs). DirectTrust is a ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: