Report: Personality not linked to cancer prognosis

August 13, 2010 2:46:32 PM PDT
A positive attitude seems to help some patients, but a report finds an upbeat outlook does not appear to affect cancer prognosis.

According to a new report, people who are nervous or moody are no more likely to get cancer or die from the disease compared to those who are friendly and outgoing.

The study in the American Journal of Epidemiology finds personality is not linked to cancer risk or prognosis.

The notion that having a fighting spirit will affect your cancer prognosis is an appealing one, but researchers say what may be comforting to some patients is that they do not have to adopt an outlook that is not true to them.


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