Cancer risk doesn't increase with schizophrenia, study finds

Contrary to what some studies have suggested, new research indicates that schizophrenics don't have a higher risk for developing types of common cancer.

The UK study included data from The Health Improvement Newtwork (THIN) which represented an 18-year period of cancer statistics.

No need for extra tests, doctors say

The findings of the study "do not support the suggestion that people with SMI should be offered enhanced or targeted cancer screening," said lead researcher David Osborn of University College London.

The researchers looked at rates of colon, breast, rectal and lung cancer in 20, 632 patients with a severe mental illness (SMI)--the most common being schizophrenia. They then compared this data to the cancer rates of 116,152 patients without a severe mental illness. The study included a follow-up period of about 6 years.

The results showed that the cancer rates were not significantly higher for patients with a several mental illness: 350 patients with an SMI developed cancer, while 2,736 patients without an SMI developed cancer.

The authors note that this doesn't mean patients with SMIs shouldn't be screened as regularly as others--just that there is no need for extra screenings or tests.

"Although rates of cancer were similar in our cohorts, people with SMI still require equitable access to screening services for physical health conditions, including cancer screening," Osborn and colleagues said.

Source: Medical News Net

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