Think pink – and red! Most common cause of death in women with breast cancer is heart disease-#BCA
Posted by Debra Ann Elliott at 7:33 AM Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Think pink – and red! Most common cause of death in women with breast cancer is heart disease
Annapolis, Md. – October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but according to a renowned expert there is another ailment even more dangerous to women than breast cancer – heart disease.
Ten times more women die every year from heart disease than breast cancer, says Dr. John Martin, co-founder of the Heart Health Foundation. And the most common cause of death in women with breast cancer is heart disease, Martin says.
“Many breast cancer doctors are now pushing a greater emphasis on cardiovascular assessment as part of the follow-up of patients being treated or followed for breast cancer,” says Martin, who is medical director of the Heart and Vascular Institute at Anne Arundel Medical Center.
To help detect heart disease before it becomes a danger, the Heart Health Foundation’s Dare to CARE program provides FREE heart screenings. Since 2000, the program has helped more than 40,000 patients, which has resulted in literally hundreds of lives saved through early diagnosis of heart and vascular disease. There are 19 Dare to CARE screening sites around the country in Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Texas.
Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 health problem for men and women in the United States today. More than half of all Americans will die from complications of atherosclerosis, the root of cardiovascular disease. And one million Americans die of heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure and other cardiovascular disorders every year in the U.S. — that means 2 out of every 5 deaths in the United States, or one life every 33 seconds.
The Heart Health Foundation believes this problem can be dramatically curbed - and it all starts with heart screenings.
And here is an article about a study that came out this year that links breast cancer radiation to higher rates of heart disease:http://www.cancer.org/cancer/
news/breast-cancer-radiation- may-increase-risk-of-heart- disease