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MAR 15, 2013 - Time

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Radiation for Breast Cancer Linked to Slight Increase in Heart Disease

It’s a life-saving treatment for some, but radiation therapy can carry risks that last for decades. Researchers in Europe report in the New England Journal of Medicine that women with breast cancer who were treated with radiation slightly increased their risk of dying from heart disease or a heart attack in the years following their therapy. For most women with no history of heart disease, the risk was small — around 2% for having a heart attack in the 30 years following radiation treatment — which doctors say is too small to trump the benefits of radiation in controlling cancer. Since ... Read More

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