Cancer diagnosis more common in people who have beaten it once

29th June 2011

Cancer diagnosis is more common in people who have already beaten the illness as a child, it has been claimed.

Research conducted at St Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, US highlighted that children who have beaten cancer are at increased risk of developing tumours in later life.

The study, which appears in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, found that five per cent of participants, who had all had cancer previously, developed another form of cancer after at least five years of being cancer-free.

Of these people, 12 per cent went on to develop a third cancer having beaten the illness twice.

The researchers said that the study should act as a warning for cancer survivors to get regular check-ups, even if they have been given the all-clear.

Data from the UK-based charity Cancer Research shows that some 309,500 people were diagnosed with cancer in the UK in 2008.

Posted by Philip Briggs

1. Gregory T. Armstrong, Wei Liu, Wendy Leisenring, Yutaka Yasui, Sue Hammond, Smita Bhatia, Joseph P. Neglia, Marilyn Stovall, Deokumar Srivastava, and Leslie L. Robison. Occurrence of Multiple Subsequent Neoplasms in Long-Term Survivors of Childhood Cancer: A Report From the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study. Journal of Clinical Oncology, June 27

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