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Cancer patients twice as likely to commit suicide

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Cancer patients are more than twice as likely to commit suicide as people from the general population, according to a US study.

Cancer patients are more than twice as likely to commit suicide as people from the general population, according to a US study.

Although suicide is quite rare in cancer patients - 24 out of 100,000 cancer patients each year in the US take their own lives- the rate is more than twice as high as the US national average of 10.6 per 100,000 each year.

An analysis of 1.3m cancer cases in the US revealed 19 out of very 1,000 male cancer patients and four out of every 1,000 women cancer patients commit suicide.

The highest suicide rates were seen in those with cancer of thelung and bronchus, bladder, head and neck, the findings show..

Annals of Oncology
(2006) Online Publication. DOI: 10.1093/annonc/mdl385

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