Background:

Cancer survivors suffer substantial psychologic distress, but little is known about their vulnerabilities to suicidal ideation more than 5 years after diagnosis.

Methods:

We compared suicidal ideation among 1,033 adult cancer survivors, who had received a diagnosis of cancer more than 5 years previously, with that among individuals without a cancer history using nationwide survey data. Logistic regression models were used to evaluate suicidal ideation in cancer survivors.

Results:

Cancer survivors did not have a significantly higher suicidal ideation rate than those without a cancer history, regardless of depressive mood.

Conclusions:

A cancer history of 5 years or greater is not associated with suicidal ideation.

Impact:

A large Korean study considering depressive mood affirm no association between long-term cancer survivorship and suicidal ideation.

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