Studies have shown that PTSD is one of the most common mental health diagnoses among men with prostate cancer. Yet, research on the link between PTSD and prostate cancer, particularly on how PTSD may influence suicide risk in this population, has been limited.
Now, a VA-funded study led by Dr. Maya Aboumrad of the White River Junction VA Medical Center in Vermont sheds light on these questions. The study found that patients with prostate cancer and PTSD experienced greater suicide risk than men with prostate cancer and no PTSD, even after adjusting for factors such as depression, substance use disorder, and prostate cancer treatment.U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs