Radiation raises heart risks for breast cancer survivors

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The radiation that is used to treat breast cancer, may also raise a woman’s risk of having a heart attack or heart disease later in life, Fox News reports.

According to the report, the risk “begins within a few years after exposure, and continues for at least 20 years,” the researchers report in the New England Journal of Medicine. The risk rises in proportion to the dose of radiation the heart receives.

The researchers said the results should be comforting to women because their risk of heart attack is so low to begin with, and the data allow doctors to factor it into cancer treatment planning.

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