Childhood cancer survivors at risk

 

Childhood cancer survivors at riskBreast Cancer is a risk to many people. Learning the signs or symptoms may help you detect the disease earlier.   Even after going through treatment for the breast cancer there are risks later on in life.  Read through the information below which may be helpful to breast cancer survivors.

“Women who received chest radiation to treat a childhood cancer ought to have an annual mammogram, because they are at increased risk of breast cancer. A new study shows that this does not happen, particularly among younger women. The need for ongoing monitoring therefore should be made more clear so that childhood cancer survivors do not put themselves at risk.

Women who are treated with radiation to the chest to deal with a childhood cancer like Hodgkin’s disease face an increased risk of breast cancer. This starts as early eight years after treatment ends. By age 45, between 12-20 percent of women in this group will be diagnosed with breast cancer. As with other high risk groups, regular mammograms can help spot early breast cancers and are recommended. But we do not really know how good the take up is and whether women are putting themselves at risk of a second cancer by not attending for regular mammograms.”

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Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris was born in Europe but has lived in the US for many years. He attended college both in Europe and the US and completed medical school at the University of Texas. Residency and fellowship in oncology was completed at Baylor. Read More...
Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris Charlton