Individual Traits Have Nothing to Do with Cancer Risk

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Some scientific studies in the past reported of there being a link between certain individual characteristic features and the risk of developing fatal kinds of cancer.

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For example, extraverted individuals – ones who are friendly and outgoing – are considered to run a higher risk of developing cancer, while those who are less sociable and more prone to worrying were found to be less likely to come down with cancer.

But now it seems that there is no direct link between cancer risk and your personal level of anxiety or friendliness.

A new study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology affirms that individual traits have no direct influence on the possibility of developing – and dying from – cancer.

The research failed to find any correlation between cancer patients’ survival odds and belonging with extraverted or neurotic group. Although your being friendly or moody gives you a tendency to acquire certain habits that can prove influential as regards cancer risk.

James C. Coyne, one of the authors of the study, says that personal traits can make people less or more inclined to take to smoking, which is sure to increase the risk of developing lung cancer. Yet he stressed that “cancer patients don’t have to feel like they should blame themselves” just for the type of person they are. No matter what kind of person you are, it’s only your habits that can get you down.

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