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Death from unintentional injury is higher in cancer patients

Key clinical point: Cancer patients have higher rates of death from unintentional injury, compared with the general population in the United States.

Major finding: The rates of death from unintentional injury were 81.90 per 100,000 person-years in cancer patients and 51.21 per 100,000 person-years in the general U.S. population.

Study details: A retrospective study of 40,599 cancer patients who died by unintentional injury.

Disclosures: No funding sources were reported. The authors disclosed no conflicts of interest.


Yang K et al. JAMA Netw Open. 2020 Feb 21. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2019.21647.