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What raises the risk of mental illness in people with cancer?

Following are special risk factors for psychiatric problems among cancer patients:
  • The type and stage of cancer -- pancreatic cancer and certain types of lung cancer and advanced stages of cancer at time of diagnosis -- portend more of an incidence of psychiatric problems
  • Very young or very old patients
  • Those who are not married or have little support
  • Those who have few friends and are not affiliated with community or religious groups
  • Patients with a history of psychiatric problems
  • Patients with co-occurring medical problems

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