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Personality and Breast Cancer Risk Not Related

B Cup, Type A: Personality and Breast Cancer

In the face of chronic disease, an arm chair analysis of the cause can often lead to a discussion of personality types and statements like, "Her depression lead to her cancer." A new Dutch study indicates that being a type A or type B personality doesn't lead to breast cancer.

This new study followed 9,700 women for thirteen years. The participants, all 43 years or older, were given a personality survey with questions about different traits including anxiety, anger, depression, optimism, and the ability to express emotions.

After 13 years, 271 women were diagnosed with breast cancer. The researchers, however, could find no correlation between personality and disease. So be you type A or type B, or any variation in between, your personality is not a factor in developing breast cancer. Red meat on the other hand, is quite a different story.


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HipMom HipMom 9 years
oh goodness, again with the red meat. How about the hormones, antibiotics and pesticides in the red meat? rHb and pesticides are both hormone disruptors and breast cancer usually stems from hormonal imbalances, precisely estrogen dominance. I bet if those womne had eaten organic beef instead of the generic one it woulnd't be a factor - not unless it was combined with low consumption of antioxidant sources and no exercise. I have lost two family members to breast cancer, they have been studying it for decades and they still don't seem to connect the dots.
georgie2 georgie2 9 years
Wait... people really thought personality was a factor?
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
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