Cancer patients have sevenfold suicide risk in first six months after diagnosis

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Cancer patients face a sharply higher risk of suicide than the general population, but the strongest risk factors may be mitigated through increased screening for depression, expanded use of psychosocial and palliative care,  and improved access to adequate health insurance, according to a recent study led by American Cancer Society researchers.

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The National Comprehensive Cancer Network, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, and the National Minority Quality Forum established three key areas of policy focus as part of the Alliance for Cancer Care Equity joint collaboration, including advancing diversity in clinical trials, improving cancer screening and early detection, and increasing access to patient navigation.