In a nine-year follow-up study, researchers estimated the incidence and relative risk of developing cancer, as well as the mortality rate after cancer diagnosis, for patients with schizophrenia as compared with the general population. Analysis found that patients with schizophrenia were significantly less likely do develop every kind of cancer except breast and cervical/uterine cancer as compared to the general population. However, the hazard ratio for patients with schizophrenia versus the control group was 1.36. This means that even though those with schizophrenia were less likely to have cancer, they were more likely to suffer mortality as a result of cancer.

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