Personality Does NOT Matter #2
Hurray! Here is another study that supports the reality that personality and coping style do not influence either the incidence of cancer or its course. Here is the introduction and then a link. Do read it, feel reassured and ready to contradict any of your well-meaning friends who try to tell you otherwise:
Not Influence Cancer; Hypothesis Should Be Retired
Personality has no effect on cancer risk or cancer survival, concludes a new study based on the largest and most relevant dataset to date. Other recent studies have also found no link or have been inconclusive.
It is time to finally retire the hypothesis that personality has an effect on cancer, say psychologists reporting and discussing these findings in the August 15 issue of the
American Journal of Epidemiology.
In the study, Naoki Nakaya, PhD, and colleagues from the Institute of Cancer Epidemiology at the Danish Cancer Society in Copenhagen, analyzed data from more than 4500 cancer patients and found no effect of personality on either risk or survival.
"Cancer patients should not think that their personality traits may have affected their cancer or cancer prognosis," the researchers conclude.
"Given the evidence, we think it is time to retire the hypothesis that personality — as it has been studied until now — is causally related to the onset of and survival from cancer," said Adelita Ranchor, PhD, professor of health psychology at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands.
"Studies so far have failed to find any epidemiological evidence," she told Medscape.