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Cancer patients with depression who receive mental health treatment incur fewer health-care costs than those who receive no treatment, suggests a study in Health Psychology. Researchers analyzed the medical records of 182 cancer patients at the University of California, San Diego, diagnosed with depression. They found each mental health visit made by these patients was associated with an average 2.7-percent reduction in total health-care charges. The estimated annual health-care costs were $99,073 for those who had no mental health visits compared with $71,245 for those who had 12 visits. (Monitor on Psychology)

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