Is there a cancer personality?

Is there a personality type that is prone to cancer? Purportedly those who’s personality exhibit the following characteristics do have a higher propensity: highly conscientious, caring, beautiful, calming, responsible, hard-working and usually above average intelligence. One who exhibits strong tendencies towards carrying other peoples burdens. One who is deep seeded in their need to make others happy and be a people pleaser, often internalizes their emotions and has great difficulty expressing them. There’s also an adverse reaction to stress, which the person becomes unable to cope adequately.

If there’s a breast cancer personality then we women were blessed with it. I not only find the suggestion very sexist, but also very emasculating to men who receive a cancer diagnosis. No wonder most men with pectoral cancer don’t want to get diagnosed in the first place. It’s hard enough to deal with being a man with breast cancer. I imagine it’s like reading those waiting room questionnaires that ask if we have had testicular cancer but we don’t want to say we have balls. Pardon my sarcasm, but it’s meant to underscore the ridiculous way we treat gender specific cancers and how exclusive the club no one wanted to belong to really is.

If being a woman is the number one single characteristic that makes a person prone to cancer, then the second one far and away I’d say is our personalities, part nature and part nurture and a huge sprinkling of cultural influence. The pressure on women to have it all, the stress that goes along with it, as well as the nurturing qualities of great mothers everywhere become out crosses to bear. But most of us will not achieve everything successfully.

For your reading pleasure:

“Extreme suppression of anger was the most commonly identified characteristic of 160 breast cancer patients who were given a detailed psychological interview and self-administered questionnaire in a study conducted by the King’s College Hospital in London, as reported by the Journal of Psychosomatic Research. “Patients results are based on statistical comparisons between 69 patients found at operation to have breast cancer and a control group comprising the remaining 91 patients with benign breast disease. Our principle finding was a significant association between the diagnosis of breast cancer and a behaviour pattern, persisting throughout adult life, of abnormal release of emotions. This abnormality was, in most cases, extreme suppression of anger and, in patients over 40, extreme suppression of other feelings.” []</p>

I’d love to hear your feedback on this very topic. I find it quite maddening, but other opinions are welcome.

Am I reading into this all wrong?