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Treatment with lithium can reduce the risk of cancer in patients with bipolar disorder

Patients with bipolar disorder are at greater risk of developing cancer at some point in their lifetime. A study carried out by the Hospital Clínic’s Depressive and Bipolar Disorders Unit reviews the data from over 59,000 patients with this disorder and concludes that they have a 20% higher risk of developing cancer, but that this can be reduced to 5% thanks to treatment with lithium. This study confirms the safety and efficacy of the main pharmacological treatment for this disorder. 

Image obtained by Magnetic Resonance of the brain of patients with bipolar disorder. Source: ENIGMA study,

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