Once affected by breast cancer it can strike back!

by Medindia Content Team on  December 9, 2005 at 7:10 PM Research News
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Once affected by breast cancer it can strike back!
Once treated for breast cancer should not be a stimulation to be relieved as survivors have to be more cautious of secondary infection.

This arises due to its treatment and or shared genetic predisposition or environmental risks compared with the general population.

According to the study the most likely cancers are stomach cancer, ovarian cancer, colorectal cancer, lung cancer, renal cancer, thyroid cancer, soft tissue sarcoma, endometrial cancer, melanoma, non-melanoma skin cancer, and leukemia. The lowest elevated risk is 22 percent for colorectal cancer and the highest elevated risk is 125 percent for soft tissue sarcoma.

The researchers were Dr. Lene Mellemkjaer and colleagues from the Danish Cancer Society in Copenhagen. The sample they took comprised 525,527 women from 13 population-based cancer registries who were diagnosed with breast cancer and followed for other malignancies during the period of 1943 to 2000.

The outcome of the study was that longer the survival period, the more likely the survivor gets a secondary cancer. The younger the age at which breast cancer was diagnosed, the more likely a secondary cancer will develop.

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