Personality traits and cancer survival: A Danish cohort study

N. Nakaya, P. E. Hansen, I. R. Schapiro, L. F. Eplov, K. Saito-Nakaya, Y. Uchitomi, C. Johansen

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We conducted a population-based prospective cohort study in Denmark to investigate associations between the personality traits and cancer survival. Between 1976 and 1977, 1020 residents of the Copenhagen County completed a questionnaire eliciting information on personality traits and various health habits. The personality traits extraversion and neuroticism were measured using the short form of the Eysenck Personality Inventory. Follow-up in the Danish Cancer Registry for 1976-2002 revealed 189 incidents of primary cancer and follow-up for death from the date of the cancer diagnosis until 2005 revealed 82 deaths from all-cause in this group. A Cox proportional-hazards model was used to estimate the hazard ratios (HRs) of death from all-cause according to extraversion and neuroticism adjusting for potential confounding factors. A significant association was found between neuroticism and risk of death (HR, 2.3 (95% CI=1.1-4.7); Linear trend P=0.04) but not between extraversion and risk of death (HR, 0.9 (0.4-1.7); Linear trend P=0.34). Similar results were found when using cancer-related death. Stratification by gender revealed a strong positive association between neuroticism and the risk of death among women (Linear trend P=0.03). This study showed that neuroticism is positively associated with cancer survival. Further research on neuroticism and cancer survival is needed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)146-152
Number of pages7
JournalBritish Journal of Cancer
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Jul 17
Externally publishedYes


  • Cancer survival
  • Danish
  • Extraversion
  • Neuroticism
  • Prospective cohort study

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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