Year: 2010 Source: Journal of the National Cancer Institute, v.102, no.5, (March 3, 2010), p.307-314 SIEC No: 20110048

A cohort study of 342,497 American patients diagnosed with prostate cancer from January 1979-December 2004 was conducted. Follow-up started from the date of diagnosis to the end of the first 12 calendar months after diagnosis. The relative risks of suicide & cardiovascular death were calculated as standardised mortality ratios. During the follow-up, 148 men died by suicide & 6845 died of cardiovascular diseases. Patients with prostate cancer were at increased risk of suicide during the first year, especially during the first 3 months after diagnosis. The elevated risk was not apparent since pre-prostate-specific antigen testing has been widespread (1993-2004). (28 refs.) JA

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