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Serious mental illness drives up risk of cancer


People with serious mental illness such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are more than twice as likely to develop cancer than the general population, say researchers at Johns Hopkins University.

Patients with schizophrenia, when compared to the general population, were more than 4.5 times more likely to develop lung cancer, 3.5 times more likely to develop colorectal cancer and nearly three times more likely to develop breast cancer. People with bipolar disorder experienced similarly high risk for lung, colorectal, and breast cancer.

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