Adults recovering from childhood cancer have a higher risk of heart problems than other adults.
A new study has found that those who recover from childhood cancer have an increased risk of developing heart disease later in life. The probability of
The authors say the study, which looked at 500,000 American adults who were cured of childhood cancer, highlights the need for greater awareness among doctors and patients about the increased risk of heart disease.
The researchers also found that treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation meant that survivors of childhood cancer had five times higher risk of heart disease as well as death than the general population.
Dr. Eric, an associate professor of clinical research and public health sciences at Seattle’s Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center and lead author of the study, said serious heart disease in young people is uncommon. Therefore, it is important to be more aware of the risk of heart disease from cancer that has occurred in the past.