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Cancer screening misses out mental health patients

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People with serious mental illness may be missing out on vital cancer screening and prevention advice, a US study suggests.

People with serious mental illness may be missing out on vital cancer screening and prevention advice, a US study suggests.

Researchers from John Hopkins University found people with conditions like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder were 2.6 times more likely to develop cancer than the rest of the population.

The team analysed data on more than 3,300 patients with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

Both groups had significantly higher risk of developing cancers.

Researchers said the study, published in the journal Psychiatric Services, raised questions about whether people with serious mental illness were getting appropriate screening and preventive care related to cancer risks, such as advice on stopping smoking.

 

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