Cancer patients at increased risk of suicide

Public Health England | June 2018 | Cancer patients at increased risk of suicide

A national survey shows cancer patients have an increased risk of suicide, with the risk highest within the first 6 months of diagnosis.

The findings of the study, presented at PHE’s Cancer Services, Data and Outcomes Conference, show cancers with poorer prognoses are associated with the highest risk, including:

  • mesothelioma
  • pancreatic cancer
  • oesophageal cancer
  • lung cancer
  • stomach cancer

The reasons are complex and not fully understood, but may include fear of pain or treatment side-effects.

The full news story is at Public Health England

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