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Suicide risk higher in people with cancer, US study finds

Risk of suicide in people with cancer is higher than general population, research finds

Risk of suicide in people with cancer is higher than general population, research finds

Following on from the recent UK study which found cancer patients have a 20% increased risk of suicide, especially those associated with a worse prognosis (Public Health England 2018), this American study has also found that people in the US who have cancer are similarly at increased risk of taking their own life.

While the trend overall has seen a decrease in people committing suicide, the actual rate associated with a diagnosis and experience of cancer was nearly twice that of the general population.

Researchers conducted a retrospective analysis of information from the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) database covering between 1973 and 2013. Of the 3,640,229 patients diagnosed with cancer, 6,661 committed suicide.

Differing cancers

A diagnosis of lung cancer was associated

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