A new study reveals that more than 1 in every 10 cancer patients dies from diseases associated with the cardiovascular system. Cancer survivors shall, thus be monitored closely for their heart health.
Research was conducted by UK experts and studied 28 different cancers on 3 million US patients, over 40 years. The study was part of European Heart Journal and Dr. Nicholas Zaorsky, a radiation oncologist, Penn State Cancer Institute, led the study.
The result of the study shows that, among the 3.23 million cancer patients studied, 11% died from cardiovascular diseases - of which, three-quarters were from heart disease and 38% died from cancer.
The cancer survivors of bladder, larynx, prostate, womb, bowel, and breast were found to be more at risk of cardiovascular diseases.
The associated risk could be attributed to the effects of chemotherapy, radiation or anti-cancer medication on human biological systems.
The finding of the study is important as it could help cancer survivors to live more healthy life in the long run. They could adopt more healthy lifestyle behaviors that are devoid of smoking, drinking, etc. and keep weight under control. They shall not only focus on the risk of cancer recurrence but also at the risk imposed by heart diseases.
Not only cancer patients and survivors shall be aware of this co-relation but also oncologists and cardiologists need to work closely on these fronts.
The study needs further research to explore the actual reasons behind this co-relation and factors that influence this risk.
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