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Prostate cancer now third biggest cancer killer in the UK

Prostate cancer now third biggest cancer killer in the UK

However, it should not deter or scare patients from undergoing the cancer treatment, instead, allow them to make informed decisions with their doctor on the best option available, Mehta added, in the statement published in the journal Circulation.

"We hate to trade one disease for another", said Dr. Laxmi Mehta, an author of the statement and director of the Women's Cardiovascular Health Program at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

The association between breast cancer and CVD begins with overlapping risk factors, including older age, obesity, and smoking.

Sometimes, the impact on the heart is only temporary, and the heart can regain proper function once the breast cancer treatment completes, or when the patient also adds heart medicine into the mix.

Just as Tonda Gonce won her fight against breast cancer, she quickly found out there was a whole new battle in front of her. And if a woman goes to an emergency rooom with symptoms of heart failure, he said, triage nurses need to factor in past breast cancer treatment when making the initial determination of whether she has heart failure. For example, some studies suggested that administration of doxorubicin by slow infusion rather than bolus may minimize damage to the heart. For some patients, however, heart damage may be permanent.

Doctors will study samples of your tissue to see how likely the cancerous cells are to spread - and help you decide which treatment is most appropriate for you.

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"Radiation therapy does have that risk of developing coronary artery disease, and it can be several years to a decade or more later", Mehta said. Some breast cancer treatment agents, such as anthracyclines, can result in abnormal heart rhythms, and can lead to life-threatening heart rhythms in others.

"For older women, (cardiovascular disease) poses a greater mortality threat than breast cancer itself". But the group of heart doctors is concerned that if heart symptoms arise years after cancer treatment, the link to chemo may be missed.

About 12 percent of American women will develop breast cancer during their lifetime. Life's Simple 7 includes being physically active, achieving and maintaining a healthy body weight, eating a healthy diet, avoiding tobacco, maintaining healthy levels of blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar.

"Some of the medications that are being used to treat breast cancer can ultimately end in cardiac disease", she said. In fact, older breast cancer patients more often die of heart disease than cancer itself. This compares to 11,442 women dying from breast cancer. "If you compare to 10, 20 years ago, survival rates are generally getting better, that is certainly the case for both prostate and breast [cancer]".

Co-authors are Karol E. Watson, M.D., Ph.D., Vice-Chair; Ana Barac, M.D., Ph.D.; Theresa M. Beckie, Ph.D.; Vera Bittner, M.D., M.S.P.H.; Salvador Cruz-Flores, M.D., M.P.H.; Susan F. Dent, M.D.; Lavanya Kondapalli, M.D.; Bonnie Ky, M.D.; Tochukwu Okwuosa, D.O.; Ileana L. Piña, M.D., M.P.H., FAHA; and Annabelle S. Volgman, M.D.; on behalf of the American Heart Association Cardiovascular Disease in Women and Special Populations Committee of the Council on Clinical Cardiology; Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing; and Council on Quality of Care and Outcomes Research.


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