Reaction time and incident cancer: 25 years of follow-up of study members in the UK Health and Lifestyle Survey

Roberts, B. A., Deary, I. J., Dykiert, D., Der, G. and Batty, G. D. (2014) Reaction time and incident cancer: 25 years of follow-up of study members in the UK Health and Lifestyle Survey. PLoS ONE, 9(4), e95054. (doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0095054) (PMID:24747801) (PMCID:PMC3991647)

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Abstract

Objectives

To investigate the association of reaction time with cancer incidence.

Methods

6900 individuals aged 18 to 94 years who participated in the UK Health and Lifestyle Survey in 1984/1985 and were followed for a cancer registration for 25 years.

Results

Disease surveillance gave rise to 1015 cancer events from all sites. In general, there was essentially no clear pattern of association for either simple or choice reaction time with cancer of all sites combined, nor specific malignancies. However, selected associations were found for lung cancer, colorectal cancer and skin cancer.

Conclusions

In the present study, reaction time and its components were not generally related to cancer risk.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Der, Mr Geoffrey
Authors: Roberts, B. A., Deary, I. J., Dykiert, D., Der, G., and Batty, G. D.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > MRC/CSO Unit
Journal Name:PLoS ONE
ISSN:1932-6203
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2014 The Authors
First Published:First published in PLoS One 9(4):e95054
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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