Patients with Prostate, Other Urological Cancers Are 5 Times More Likely to Commit Suicide, UK Study Shows

Patients with Prostate, Other Urological Cancers Are 5 Times More Likely to Commit Suicide, UK Study Shows
The suicide rate in patients with urological cancers — such as prostate, kidney or bladder cancer — is five times higher than in people without cancer, results from a large U.K. survey show. Data also demonstrated that the proportion of completed suicide attempts is higher in cancer patients, especially in those with urological cancers. The research, “Patients with urological malignancy are 5 times more likely to commit suicide: A large national cohort study,” highlights the need for improved assessment and treatment of mental health needs in cancer care, the authors said. Their work was presented at the 2018 Annual European Association of Urology (EAU) Congress, held in Copenhagen, Denmark. The scientists conducted the largest U.K. study addressing suicide in patients with cancer. It was also the first analysis of suicidal intent in cancer patients, defined as the proportion of suicides to attempted suicides. Prior research found that depression affects between 5% and 25% of cancer patients, while a 2014 series of studies from Scotland showed that most cancer patients diagnosed with depression were not receiving treatment. The latest study examined 2001-11 records from England and Wales. From a total of 980,761 patients (493,234 men, 487,094 women), researchers identified 162 suicides and 1,222 suicide attempts. Results showed that the
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