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Brit ‘stiff upper lip’ raises cancer risk

Britishers’ ‘stiff upper lip’ or their self-restraint in conveying their sufferings may be the reason behind lower cancer survival rates in the country, a research claims.

world Updated: Jan 31, 2013 01:07 IST

Britishers’ ‘stiff upper lip’ or their self-restraint in conveying their sufferings may be the reason behind lower cancer survival rates in the country, a research claims.

The study suggests that British stoicism probably leads to a fear of making a fuss and not report serious symptoms to the doctor as readily as elsewhere in the developed world like Europe, Canada and Australia.

As a result, cancer sufferers were less likely to be treated at an early stage when there is a greater chance of a cure.