Many cancer survivors 'die from other illnesses'

4 April 2012

People who have successfully undertaken cancer treatment to get rid of the disease are more likely to die in later life from other conditions rather than cancer recurrence.

This is the main finding of a new study that has been conducted by Virginia Commonwealth University, which involved monitoring those who had won in their original fight against cancer.

According to the research, around half of survivors of the life-threatening disease later passed away as a result of illnesses which had no relation to their cancer battle.

Lead researcher Yi Ning, who carried out the study alongside a group of his colleagues, pointed out: "Cancer survivors live much longer than they did several decades ago. So with this large group of cancer survivors, we need to pay more attention to cancer survivors' overall health."

Mayo Clinic recently found that skin cancer is proven a particular problem to people under the age of 40 at the moment.

The institute studied first-time diagnoses of melanoma in patients aged 18 to 39 from 1970 to 2009 and found cases have increased eightfold in young women and fourfold with young men.

Posted by Philip Briggs

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