The effect of cancer on suicide in ethnic groups with a differential suicide risk

Eur J Public Health. 2013 Feb;23(1):114-5. doi: 10.1093/eurpub/cks045. Epub 2012 Apr 25.

Abstract

This study examined the suicide risk among persons with cancer in ethnic groups with differential suicide mortality in the general population. We calculated the suicide standardized incidence ratios (SIRs) among Europe-America and Asia-North Africa-born Israelis with cancer, relative to the respective rates in the general population. The SIRs were higher in the European-American group [men: 1.96, 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.62-2.30; women: 2.03, 95% CI 1.51-2.56], but not significantly different in the Asian-North African group (men: 0.86, 95% CI 0.52-1.20; women: 0.80, 95% CI 0.10-1.50). Assessment of suicide risk must consider the 'suicide culture' of the person with cancer.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • African Continental Ancestry Group / psychology
  • African Continental Ancestry Group / statistics & numerical data
  • Age Distribution
  • Aged
  • Asian Continental Ancestry Group / psychology
  • Asian Continental Ancestry Group / statistics & numerical data
  • Confidence Intervals
  • Ethnic Groups / psychology
  • Ethnic Groups / statistics & numerical data*
  • European Continental Ancestry Group / psychology
  • European Continental Ancestry Group / statistics & numerical data
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Israel / ethnology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasms / ethnology
  • Neoplasms / psychology*
  • Population Surveillance
  • Registries
  • Risk Factors
  • Self-Injurious Behavior / ethnology
  • Self-Injurious Behavior / psychology*
  • Sex Distribution
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Suicide / ethnology*
  • Suicide / psychology*