These publications are examples of research made possible with data from CanPath and its regional cohorts.


Mental health, cancer risk, and the mediating role of lifestyle factors in the CARTaGENE cohort study

Authors: Kaitlyn Gilham, Anne Gadermann, Trevor Dummer, Rachel A Murphy

This study investigates the associations between depression, anxiety, and cancer risk and the mediating effects of lifestyle. Using data from 34,571 CARTaGENE participants, researchers found positive links between mental health disorders, all cancers, and lung cancer risk, except for anxiety and lung cancer in women, where associations were lower when adjusting for sociodemographics, health and lifestyle. The study also found that smoking affected the relationship between mental health disorders and cancer risk. Overall, the study suggests that lifestyle factors, like smoking, may be important in understanding the relationship between mental health and cancer risk.

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