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Date:5/31/2008

ntil this study that there was a different pattern of risks in men and women," Castellino, a pediatric oncologist, said. "Other than a recurrence of the original cancer, the leading cause of death in women is breast cancer, and for men it is cardiovascular events."

New prevention recommendations, such as earlier health screenings, could result from the findings. "Currently, women who received treatment for the disease are advised to have mammograms as early as 25 years old," she said. "But, currently there are no specific guidelines for heart disease prevention over those for the general population."

Although radiation therapy doses given to children with Hodgkin's have been lowered since the 1980s and techniques have been refined, Castellino said the heart and other critical structures are often exposed to radiation. Hodgkin's often attacks the lymph system in the chest, so radiation usually targets the neck and upper chest area.

More information

The American Cancer Society has more about Hodgkin lymphoma.



-- Kevin McKeever



SOURCE: Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, news release, May 31, 2008


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