About The Study: The incidence of suicide among patients undergoing cancer operations was significantly higher compared with the general U.S. population in this study of 1.8 million patients. Patients who were male, white, and divorced or single had the greatest risk of suicide. These findings suggest the need to implement suicide screening among patients undergoing cancer surgery, especially patients whose demographic and tumor characteristics are associated with the highest risk.
Authors: Chi-Fu Jeffrey Yang, M.D., of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, is the corresponding author.
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