Patients with cancer are at increased risk for both suicidal ideation and completed suicide due to a combination of biological and psychological factors that must be addressed to increase quality of life.,Unique to cancer is that the risk of suicide persists more than 15 years past diagnosis.4

In addition to increased suicide risk, patients with head and neck cancers have higher depression scores than the general population even before a cancer diagnosis, leading to the question whether this subset of patients are struggling with a biological cause in addition to diagnosis-related symptoms.5 Complicating these cases is the well-known association of many head and neck cancers with tobacco, alcohol, and other substance use, leading to the question of whether the pre-existing mood disorders lead to substance use that increases the risk of cancer.,Depression is a major risk factor, as it is in the general population, but the cancer population is at higher baseline risk for depression, which has been linked to immunological changes.12 Identification and treatment of depression in cancer patients has been shown to decrease morbidity and mortality.13 read more

— Sarah Anna Marie Miller, 23, Salem, was cited with failure to control after she went off the road and struck a pole and ditch on state Route 45 in Salem Township at 7:55 a.m. Feb. 9.,— Bruce Steiner, 17, Salem, was cited with failure to control after he lost control of his vehicle and went off the road, striking a traffic sign on Lisbon Road in Salem Township at 7:17 a.m. Feb. 12.,— Virgil Garreston, 30, Lisbon, was cited for right of way when turning left, passenger seat belt and license suspension after he failed to yield while turning left and was struck by a vehicle driven by Cheryl Riggs, 62, Wellsville at 2:27 p.m. Feb. 11 on state Route 517 in Elkrun Township.,— Arnaldo Batista Salas, 32, Lake Charles, La., was cited for right of way at stop signs following a two-vehicle crash at U.S. Route 62 four-lane and state Route 14 at 3:03 p.m. Feb. 4 in which he was stopped at the stop sign and attempted to turn southbound, pulling into the path of a northbound vehicle driven by Gregory V. Arquilla, 62, North Canton, who struck Salas’ trailer.,— Dwight A. Coler, 64, West Calla Road, Salem, was cited for right of ways at stop signs following a two-vehicle crash at Pine Lake and Seacrist Roads at 7:54 a.m. Feb. 10 in which he was northbound and failed to yield from the stop sign, striking a westbound vehicle driven by Rose Arlene Roelen, 60, Hickory Lane, Salem, causing her vehicle to spin out of control and strike a utility pole on the northwest side of the intersection.