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Psychiatric Ill Health Linked to Early Death

Monday, October 6th, 2008 Psychiatric Ill Health Linked to Early Death

The BBC have reported that people who have long spells of sick leave for psychiatric reasons are twice as likely to die from cancer as healthier employees, research suggests.

It has also been suggested that the findings could pick out the at-risk groups according to the researchers (University College London).

Significantly, the cancer risk may well be due to patients not seeing their GP early enough. The study comprised of 6,500 civil servants those who had taken a long period of sick leave had a 66% higher risk of early death.

Sickness records were assessed from London-based employees in 20 Whitehall departments between 1985 and 1988 and compared with mortality up until 2004 and overall 288 people died,

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