A study done by the University of Birmingham in the UK has found out that cancer patients are more likely to commit suicide and be successful at it. The team of researchers discovered that patients that were suffering from kidney, bladder or prostate cancer were the ones with the highest chances of committing suicide after hearing that they suffer from cancer.
More about this study
The study also includes a detailed analysis of this phenomenon. Researchers found out that the general population is three times less likely to commit suicide when compared to people diagnosed with cancer. The highest number of suicide attempts was recorded in patients that suffered from urological cancer.
What would be the cause of this? Well, being diagnosed with cancer is a stressful moment in anyone’s life and, if you add PTSD to the mix, these are both side effects that may influence someone to commit suicide. Moreover, cancer patients that also suffer from depression do not get treatment or psychological counseling, the study found out.
The compiled data
The team of researchers took their data from the England and Wales Hospital Episode Statistics database, looking at a 10 year period between 2001 and 2011. The statistics showed that 1 out of 7 patients suffering from prostate cancer would try to commit suicide whereas only 1 out of 25 people would try to do the same thing.
When it comes to kidney cancer patients 36 out of 100,000 commit suicide, 52 out of 1,000,000 prostate cancer patients commit suicide whereas 48 people out of 100,000 bladder cancer patients commit suicide.
This research raises a number of signs of alarm. At best, it is a starting point for a discussion that focuses on how these patients can be helped through this difficult time. Counseling and medication would be the best solutions at first but this is not to say that other solutions cannot be found if given enough time.