Heart failure tied to increased cancer risk

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Patients with heart failure had more than double the risk for cancers of the lip, oral cavity and pharynx. Photo: Pexels


(Nicholas Backalar/ The New York Times) — People with heart failure may be at increased risk for cancer.

Cancer patients are usually monitored for heart failure because some cancer drugs can damage the heart. Now a new study suggests that heart failure patients, who may live for many years with the condition, might benefit by being monitored for cancer.

Researchers used a German health database to track 100,124 patients with heart failure, comparing them with the same number of controls who did not have heart failure. All were cancer-free at the start, and the scientists tracked their incidence of cancer over the following 10 years. The study is in the journal ESC Heart Failure. (…)

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