Worldwide more than a million deaths are reported of suicide. One of every 5 cases is an Indian. Though nationally suicide rate is increasing, studies have shown that suicide rate among people living with cancer is decreasing. Possible explanation for this could be
Internationally several studies have identified the higher prevalence of suicide among the people living with cancer .Initial few weeks after the diagnosis of cancer have higher risk of suicide and it gradually decreases thereafter. The risk for suicide is particularly higher for patients diagnosed with aggressive lung and gastrointestinal cancer especially in which cancer is not localised and have aggressive nature. Tumours of brain, blood cancer and genital-related tumours have moderate suicide risk.
Various studies have shown the suicide rate is dependent on multiple factors:
Proper psychiatric counselling and attention initiated early in the pre-test period or during diagnosis process itself would help to reduce the suicide idealization and its risk.