Personality Not Linked to Cancer Risk or Prognosis

August 19, 2010


A Reuters article reports that people who are friendly and outgoing and those prone to be nervous and moody have at least one thing in common: their personalities do not seem to be connected to their risk of developing or dying from cancer, a new study finds. The findings, from two long-running studies of Finnish and Swedish twins, add to evidence refuting the theory that there are certain cancer-prone personalities, and that personality is an important factor in the odds of surviving cancer. James C. Coyne, PhD, professor of Psychiatry and co-author of an editorial published with the study, says there is a bright side to the lack of an association between personality and survival: People with cancer do not have to feel they should "adopt" an outlook that is not true to them. "Cancer patients do not have to feel like they should blame themselves when things go wrong," he says. Read More