Risk Of Suicide, CV Death May Increase Immediately After Cancer Diagnosis.

The Los Angeles Times (4/5, Khan) reports that research “involving more than six million Swedes reveals that the risk of suicide and cardiovascular death increases immediately after a cancer diagnosis.”

HealthDay (4/5, Esposito) reports, “Using nationwide census and death registry data that covered more than six million people over a 15-year period ending in 2006, Swedish researchers tabulated the suicides and cardiovascular fatalities among people with new cancer diagnoses and compared them to similar deaths in those without cancer.”

MedPage Today (4/5, Neale) reports, “In the first week after receiving the diagnosis, patients had a greater risk of committing suicide (RR 12.6, 95% CI 8.6 to 17.8) and of dying from a cardiovascular cause (RR 5.6, 95% CI 5.2 to 5.9) compared with cancer-free people.” The researchers found that “the elevated risk extended up to one year and beyond for suicide, and up to about six months for cardiovascular death.” The study was published April 5 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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— “Cancer diagnosis raises risk of heart attack and suicide, study says,”Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times, April 4, 2012.

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