Prostate cancer now third biggest cancer killer in the UK

The disease is the third most fatal form of cancer but treatments and research are “lagging beind” breast cancer

The latest figures from 2015 show there were 11,819 deaths from prostate cancer compared with 11,442 from breast cancer.

But for all patients, the chemotherapies may be life-saving.

The researchers enrolled 537 patients with newly diagnosed early-stage breast cancer on the study.

On Thursday, Feb. 1, the AHA published its first comprehensive scientific warning about the serious link between breast cancer treatments and cardiovascular disease. "However, during and after the treatment of breast cancer, having optimal control of heart disease risk factors is important, because older breast cancer survivors are more likely to die of heart disease than breast cancer".

Although there are an estimated 47.8 million women in the USA who are living with cardiovascular diseases and approximately 3 million breast cancer survivors, many people regard breast cancer as the primary threat to women's health.

Dr. Pina, associate chief of cardiology at Montefiore Einstein Hospital in the Bronx, said lifesaving therapies-including radiation, chemotherapy, and other treatments-can cause serious heart problems, some of which might not materialize until years later.

It turns out, some breast cancer treatments can damage your heart.

Mehta and co-authors wrote that radiation in itself can encourage artery blockage and result in coronary artery disease.

"As the population ages, there will likely be more women with breast cancer, CVD, or both", Mehta et al. said.

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The association between breast cancer and CVD begins with overlapping risk factors, including older age, obesity, and smoking. "Anthracyclines have been shown to result in weakening of the heart muscle and heart failure, which can be irreversible".

The AHA notes that not all breast cancer therapies pose heart risks, therefore, it urges women to carefully assess the risks and benefits of any potential treatment they are considering.

"Adriamycin, or doxorubicin, and trastuzumab, or Herceptin, are the big causes of heart failure", Brawley said.

In general, the impact of both cardiovascular disease and breast cancer among women can be significant, and Mehta hopes the new statement raises this awareness, especially among older women.

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.

The American Society of Clinical Oncology also now has guidelines in place for oncologists to consider regarding chemotherapy drugs and heart health, Rhee said.

It's recommended that people try to keep their BMI between 18.5 to 24.9, reduce eating too many fatty foods, and stick as much as possible to healthier fats from nuts, seeds, and plants when you do.

"Oncologists are doing a terrific job of increasing survival rates by advancing the science and improving cancer treatments". She says oncologists and cardiologists need to work together closely to give patients the best chance against both diseases.

Science is still working on combating the negative effects cancer treatment can have on patients' hearts, but drugs that can reduce cellular damage are being slowly introduced to the medical market.

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