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Mental health awareness 'needs improvement'

American cancer society

Healthcare professionals are still failing to see mental health as a priority issue, a top charity working in the field has said.

A new report published in the journal of the American Cancer Society has found that men whose partners suffer from breast cancer are significantly more likely to develop mental health issues than the average male.

The Centre for Mental Health has noted that the findings serve as further proof that clinicians should take into consideration both mental and physical health considerations of both their patients and the close relatives of their patients.

"It really demonstrates the importance of GPs, and indeed all health workers, of having a good working knowledge of mental health issues," the charity's deputy chief executive, Andy Bell, said of the study.

"For all of us, what matters is our overall health, physical and mental," he added, noting that the current culture within the NHS continues to separate the two.

Meanwhile, research carried out by Turning Point has found that 80 per cent of British women regularly or occasionally feel depressed.

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Cancer treatment news : 29 September 2010