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Schizophrenia linked with growing cancer mortality

According to researchers from France, people suffering with schizophrenia tends to have an increased risk of mortality from cancer. Specially women from breast cancer and men from lung cancer.

The study is been published in August 1 , 2009 issue of CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society. The results out of this study suggest that efforts should be taken in early detection and prevention in people suffering from schizophrenia.

Schizophrenia generally has a higher rate of mortality compare to general population. It is an incurable psychotic disorder that involves impaired thinking, emotions, and behavior. Suicide is one of the common factor in its mortality though it includes other factors too. According to the study, cancer mortality may play a role, but other data shows that cancer rates are actually lower among individuals with schizophrenia.

Eric Tran, M.D., of the University of Reims in France, and colleagues conducted a study where they studied 3,470 patients with schizophrenia for 11 years to found out cancer-related mortality. During the period of the study, researchers found out 476 patients died in which 74 died of cancer, making it the next frequent cause of death behind suicide.

The researchers concluded that patients suffering fromĀ  schizophrenia have an increased chance of death from cancer, which suggests that health care providers should be alert on their ongoing health needs.

Source – Cancer consultants/ Gulf Bend Center

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