A new study has claimed that women after breast cancer treatment are at increased risk of being diagnosed with heart-related diseases. Experts say heart attack, stroke, and other infections are common complications, which survivors deal with after the treatment. Researchers have followed 754270 women in the US, who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. These women have been observed for an average of 15 years. The findings of the analysis show that cancer is the most common cause of death in the first decade of the diagnosis. However, after 10 years the risk of death due to heart diseases has increased in women with breast cancer as compared to the common population. This analysis has been published in the journal Cancer.
Experts involved in the study have urged doctors to inform their patients with breast cancer about the new developments and advise them to take care of their overall health. The lead author of the study has said that the survival rate among breast cancer patients has increased in the last four decades but at the same time, they are dying due to non-cancer related issues. In the United States, breast cancer is the second most common cause of death among women. Cardiovascular diseases account for a significant number of deaths among women with breast cancer, which is also higher than in the general populace. Another research analyzed more than 3 million people who were diagnosed with different types of cancer. It found out that there was a higher risk of death due to heart-related ailments among cancer survivors.
In the current study, scientists have observed how non-cancer deaths are connected to age, race, cancer stage, and treatment. The study showed that around 19500 women died due to cancer in one year of the diagnosis. At the same time, 8300 women lost their lives due to non-cancer related causes. Nearly a third of the 85000 patients died due to cardiovascular ailments and Alzheimer’s disease within one to five years after the diagnosis. In 5 to 10 years after the diagnosis, deaths related to heart-related issues found its momentum. Almost 24000 women passed away while dealing with non-cancer ailments. It shows that the risk of death due to heart diseases has been high after the 10 years of diagnosis of cancer. However, the possibility of death due to suicide was also high among patients who have been living with cancer for a decade. Leading a healthy and disciplined life and new treatment strategies might help in reducing the risk of deaths due to other causes among cancer survivors.