Radiation and chemotherapy often used in the treatment of breast cancer can increase a woman’s risk for cardiovascular disease, the American Heart Association said in a statement – the first scientific statement from the nonprofit organization on cardiovascular disease and breast cancer. “For older women, (cardiovascular disease) poses a greater mortality threat than breast cancer itself,” the statement read. “We hate to trade one disease for another.” Breast cancer and cardiovascular disease have several overlapping risk factors including age and obesity. The fact that some breast cancer treatments could have a negative impact on women’s heart health is concerning. The ... Read More
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