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Women Treated for Breast Cancer with Radiation Therapy Are More Likely to Die from Heart Disease

Posted Date: January 21, 2011

Women treated for breast cancer with radiation therapy are more likely to die from heart disease 20 years or more after treatment than women who did not get radiation, according to a new study published in the January 25, 2011 Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Women treated for breast cancer with radiation therapy are more likely to die from heart disease 20 years or more after treatment than women who did not get radiation, according to a new study published in the January 25, 2011 Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Given the possible risks of radiation to the heart, some women may choose to have a mastectomy so that they can avoid radiation therapy altogether.

Read more about the link between radiation therapy and heart disease

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