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December 2015


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JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2015;141(12):1039. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2014.2187

The fear of cancer extends to all levels of severity and economic sites, and it has been surmised that the suicide rate in patients with head and neck cancer is greater than that in the general population. Kam and colleagues evaluated 350 413 cases of head and neck cancer reported in the SEER Registry between 1973 and 2011 and found a suicide rate more than 3 times that in the general population. Suicide rates were higher in those treated with radiotherapy alone vs only surgery, and the highest risk was in those with cancer of the hypopharynx and larynx.

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