Study raises alarm over opioids for cancer survivors

Cancer survivors are being urged to be cautious about inappropriate or unnecessary use of opioids long after their diagnosis.

A Canadian study, published in journal Cancer, found cancer survivors are 1.2 times more likely to be prescribed opioid painkillers than those who have never had cancer.

This is true even 10 years after the initial cancer diagnosis.

Researchers analysed information dating back to 2010 on more than 8500 adults at least five years past a cancer diagnosis.

They were matched with the same number of individuals without a prior cancer