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Suicide Risk among Genitourinary Cancer Patients

Suicide Risk among Genitourinary Cancer PatientsFor some of us, taking care of our cancer patients involves the physical care. We might recommend surgery for our prostate cancer patients. Or we might order a certain chemotherapy regimen for a woman with ovarian cancer. Of course, we know that their mental health is extremely important, but we tend to focus on our area of expertise.

However, new research published in the journal Cancer (published by the American Cancer Society) stresses the importance of our patients’ mental health, especially in terms of suicide risk.

A group of researchers from the Medical College of Georgia-Georgia Regents University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center report that suicide risk among genitourinary cancer patients “poses a public health dilemma.”

They compared the incidence rates of suicide among genitourinary cancer patients with those of the general U.S. population. Using data from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) database, they looked at information for patients with prostate, bladder, kidney, testis, or penile cancer from 1988 to 2010.


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