Prostate cancer becomes third biggest cancer killer in UK

Heart group warns of cardiovascular risks after treatment for breast cancer

A second module on the website helped patients understand options for systemic treatment, such as chemotherapy.

More than 250,000 new cases of breast cancer were expected to be diagnosed in 2017, according to the American Cancer Society, with 81 percent being diagnosed in women aged 50 and older.

"Adriamycin-induced congestive heart failure symptoms can show up three to five years after treatment and easily be missed by an internist or ER doctor who does not see a lot of these patients", he said.

"Breast cancer survivors, especially older women over the age of 65, are more likely to die from cardiovascular disease than breast cancer, underscoring the importance of effectively managing heart disease risk factors during and following cancer treatment", reads a stark warning from the AHA. An estimated 47 million women in the US have heart disease.

Chemotherapeutic agents (eg, anthracyclines, alkylating agents, taxanes, and antimetabolite drugs), endocrine therapies, HER2-targeted therapies (eg, trastuzumab, pertuzumab), novel emerging therapies, and radiotherapy are associated with increased incidence of many cardiovascular diseases including left ventricular dysfunction (LVD), arrhythmias, conduction abnormalities, heart failure, thrombosis, and cardiomyopathy.

"We are still recommending that patients do get their breast cancer treatment".

Sometimes, the impact on the heart is only temporary, and the heart can regain proper function once the breast cancer treatment completes, or when the patient also adds heart medicine into the mix.

Because of these factors, there is now no screening programme for prostate cancer here in Britain - so it's up to you to arrange tests, if you think you could be at risk.

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"If they are aware of it, then they should definitely encourage their dad, or uncle or brother to talk about it and go and see a doctor if there's a problem". As a result, early development of heart failure can indicate the need to either slow a patient's treatment, or change to a different therapy to reduce the risk for worsening the condition or the development of permanent heart failure.

Among options for hormonal breast cancer therapy, tamoxifen favorably affects lipid profiles, but studies showed no beneficial effect on CVD risk. Both can weaken the heart muscle.

The diseases share many common risk factors such as obesity, smoking and too little exercise, so reducing these can help.

Neelima Denduluri, a medical oncologist in Arlington, Virginia, said that increasingly doctors are tailoring treatments to the individual and that doctors don't have to choose between life-saving cancer therapies and cardio health.

Those most are risk of developing the disease are men over 49 years old, and men of African-Caribbean or African descent.

The American Heart Association's statement is "long overdue", said Dr. Lewis Kuller, a professor and past chair of the department of epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, who was not involved in the statement.

She said: "We need better tools to make these decisions more informed".

Prompting attention to the fact that during treatment not only ones breast health, but also general health, including that of the heart, should be considered, the researchers suggested. "Eating a healthy diet is imperative for both", said Mehta.

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