Serious Mental Illnesses Associated With Higher Risk For Cancer.

HealthDay (7/21, Preidt) reports, “People with serious mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder have a 2.6 times increased risk of developing cancer,” according to a study published in the July issue of the journal Psychiatric Services. After analyzing “data from more than 3,300 Maryland Medicaid beneficiaries with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder to determine how many of them were diagnosed with cancer between 1994 and 2004,” researchers found that, “compared to people in the general population, schizophrenia patients were more than 4.5 times more likely to develop lung cancer, 3.5 times more likely to develop colorectal cancer, and nearly three times more likely to develop breast cancer.” Similarly, people with bipolar disorder also had a greater risk for those three types of cancer.

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— “Serious Mental Illness Tied to Higher Cancer, Injury Risk: Studies, “Robert Preidt, HealthDay, July 20, 2012.

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