Depressed cancer survivors are twice as likely to die prematurely

May 17, 2013 1:08 PM

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Depressed cancer survivors are twice as likely to die prematurely

TILBURG, Netherlands, May 16 (UPI) -- Depressed cancer survivors are twice as likely to die prematurely as those who do not suffer from depression, Dutch researchers say.

Floortje Mols and colleagues of Tilburg University in The Netherlands and colleagues examined whether depressive symptoms observed between one and 10 years after cancer diagnosis were linked to an increased risk of premature death two to three years later.

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