I read a piece of news today that completely disturbed me – and that’s why I’d like to share it with you today.

It’s this particular news: “There is an elevated rate of suicide among people with lung cancer. Suicide rates among lung cancer patients were 420% higher than the general population. In particular, Asian patients were identified as having a more than 13-fold rise in suicides, while male patients had an almost ninefold increase” (source: Medical News Today, 24 May 2017).

This news was based on new research presented to the American Thoracic Society’s 2017 International Conference. In this study, researchers were led by Mohamed Rahouma, a post-doctoral cardiothoracic research fellow at Weill Cornell Medical College and New York-Presbyterian Hospital, both based in New York.

The study intended to detect the rate and risk of suicide among cancer patients, particularly lung cancer patients compared to the general population, as well as the 3 most common non-skin types of cancer which are prostate, breast, and colorectal cancer.

The statistics had completely taken me by surprise! We do know that aside from skin cancer, lung cancer is the second most common form of cancer in the United States right now and the leading reason behind cancer-linked death for both men and women, according to the American Cancer Society.

Lung cancer is hard to diagnose; most of the time, it becomes detectable when it has spread to the lungs and other parts of the body before being noticed. Moreover, a lot of the time, lung cancer patients are not smokers themselves but they are susceptible to smokers’ second-hand smoke and to pollution in the environment which is increasing every year.

In fact, one of the most industrialized countries in the world, the United Kingdom, registered 50,000 deaths from pollution every year. Hard to believe since we do expect that being an industrialized country, they would have stricter pollution controls than most of us in the Third World. And, as thought, one of the diseases that people died of in the U.K. from pollution was lung cancer.

Anyway, enough of the background data! The question is – why the high incidence of suicides among lung cancer patients?

For me, it is not too difficult to imagine. After having treated at least 50,000 cancer patients in more than 16 years of medical and naturopathic practice, I can safely assess that cancer patients go through physical and emotional turmoil when they hear that diagnosis from their medical doctor that they have the dreaded CANCER disease. To a lot of them, receiving a cancer diagnosis is like receiving a death sentence.

And then, once they decide to receive cancer treatment, they launch into a schedule of chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery. The problem is, there is no guarantee that these treatments will even stop the cancer cells from spreading. And by this time, their financial situation might be in dire straits already.

But what about those who don’t have the means to pay for very expensive chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery? And cancer drugs are not even spared from the exorbitant costs of patient treatment. Provenge, a prostate cancer drug manufactured by Dendreon, costs about US$93,000 per round of treatments – definitely way beyond the ambit of most prostate cancer patients here in the Philippines.

No surprise that the less financially well-off cancer patients are forced to take their own life not just because of the expensive costs of conventional cancer treatment but also the hopelessness of the situation – no money, no conventional treatment that can save them permanently from their misery, no one to tell them that there is still hope for a cure.

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So, do you agree with my theory explaining the high rate of suicide? Let your voice be heard in the comments section below!

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