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Breast Cancer Can Lead To The Risk Of Cardiovascular Disease


Breast Cancer is one of the most rapidly rising problems among women all over the world. The causes of breast cancer can be a lot of things which even includes smoking. There are a lot of cases which come of out to be of breast cancer. The cancer is so lethal that the doctors have to sometimes remove the infected breast so that they can avoid the spreading of cancer. Breast cancer can result in a lot of problems.

According to the new study, postmenopausal women with breast cancer have a higher chance of getting diagnosed with cardiovascular disease. According to JoAnn Pinkerton, Professor at the University of Virginia, “Heart disease appears more commonly in women treated for breast cancer because of the toxicities of chemotherapy, radiation therapy and use of aromatase inhibitors, which lower estrogen.” It was also found that such problems or say such diseases can occur after 5 years of the rapid exposure of the radiation, with the risk persisting for up to 30 years. Pinkerton said, “Heart-healthy lifestyle modifications will decrease both the risk of recurrent breast cancer and the risk of developing heart disease.”

Scientists decided to study different subjects to know more about the risk factors which can cause cardiovascular disease in postmenopausal women who are survivors of breast cancer and women who are not diagnosed with breast cancer. The study was conducted between 192 postmenopausal women and 90 postmenopausal breast cancer survivors.

When the results came in, it was found that the women who were the survivors of breast cancer had stronger chances of getting associated with diseases like, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, atherosclerosis, hypertriglyceridemia, and abdominal obesity, which are major risk factors for cardiovascular disease. The risk of cardiovascular mortality similarly increased to match death rates from cancer itself. “Women should schedule a cardiology consultation when breast cancer is diagnosed and continue with ongoing follow-up after cancer treatments are completed,” she added. The study was published in the Menopause: The Journal of the North American Menopause Society.