|Cancer patients are at a higher risk of heart attack and suicide in the days and weeks after hearing about their diagnosis, researchers say. [Agencies]|
A study shows that people diagnosed with cancer run a significantly higher risk of committing suicide and suffering fatal heart attacks after receiving their diagnosis, AFP reported.
The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, followed more than six million Swedes from 2001 to 2006.
"The suicide risk during the first week following the diagnosis was twelve times higher compared to that for people without cancer," the Karolinska Institute said.
"Similarly, the risk of cardiovascular death was six times higher during the first week and three times higher during the first month after a cancer diagnosis," it said.
(China.org.cn April 10, 2012)