Breast Cancer & Heart Disease

Breast cancer accounts for almost a third of all cancer cases reported in women. Advances in the treatment for breast cancer, and early detection, have improved the chances of survival from the disease. New research has found that two thirds of women with breast cancer died from other causes and that over the length of the study cardiovascular disease was the leading cause of death.

Researchers followed over 60,000 women in the United States who were at least 66 years old with a breast cancer diagnosis for up to 12 years. About half of the women participating in the study survived. Of those who did however, more than two thirds died from causes other than breast cancer such as cardiovascular disease which killed more women that the breast cancer itself. Read more…

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