In a review of all 59,233 individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia in Sweden between 1965 and 2008, researchers from Sweden and the U.S. identified 6137 who developed cancer. They found that familial/genetic factors contributing to schizophrenia may protect against cancer in those diagnosed with schizophrenia and their relatives, but that the increased risk of breast, cervical and endometrial cancers found after a schizophrenia diagnosis could be attributed to the use of antipsychotics. Results will appear in Schizophrenia Bulletin.
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