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Bland P. Patients at increased suicide risk following cancer diagnosis. Practitioner Feb 2019;263(1823):5

Patients at increased suicide risk following cancer diagnosis

22 Feb 2019Pais-up subscribers

Cancer patients are at increased risk of suicide, particularly in the first six months after diagnosis, a national population-based study in England has found. Compared with the general population, cancer patients had a 20% increased risk of suicide; standardised mortality rate (SMR) 1.20. The risk of suicide was highest during the first six months after diagnosis, SMR 2.74 (95% CI: 2.52-2.98), but remained raised for three years.

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