On Precipitating Factors: Cancer as a Cause of Suicide
Marshall J R~~Burnett W~~Brasure J
This case-control study provides individual-based data describing the impact of being a cancer patient on the odds of suicide. 5,009 suicides and 17,064 controls are compared. The data indicate that cancer patients are 50-100 percent more likely than non-patients to commit suicide. This and other studies indicate that health status should be considered in future attempts to relate suicide to social environment.