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Cancer diagnosis increases the risk of suicide

Researchers find that the suicide risk is highest in the first six months of a cancer diagnosis
Cancer diagnosis

Researchers find that the suicide risk is highest in the first six months of a cancer diagnosis

A diagnosis of cancer results in a 20% increased risk of suicide compared with the general population, a nationwide population-based study in England has found.

The risk was found to be highest in the first six months after the diagnosis of cancer, with the greatest risk found overall in people diagnosed with mesothelioma, pancreatic, lung, oesophageal and stomach cancers. Patients with mesothelioma were found to have a fourfold risk compared with the general population. The study reported that male patients were more likely to take their own lives.

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