Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Psychosomatic Model fails in Cancer

A recent study of cancer patients in Finland and Sweden found no association between survival rates and whether people were positive or negative in their outlook.

The study, in the American Journal Of Epidemiology, looked at 4,600 people with cancer over 30 years, and found that whether they were extrovert or neurotic, their attitude to life had no relationship with how long they survived their illness.
I will not deny that getting (or maintaining) a positive outlook despite having cancer can improve the quality of the life you can have until your body gives in to cancer – but thinking positive will not delay death.

3 comments:

  1. Why are you trying to stigmatise mental illness? I think Professors of Psychiatry like Peter White & Michael Sharpe know a lot more than you.

    You're probably one of those vocal conspiracy theorists.

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  2. I have no idea what you talk about. Where the heck do I "stigmatise mental illness"? Surely not in this post.

    So I guess you're probably one of those anonymous idiots.

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  3. And while we are at it: In future comments from anonymous idiots (like the one above) will no longer be published here, so go find another place for your dreck.

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