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About Half Of All Cancer Survivors Die From Unrelated Causes

About Half Of All Cancer Survivors Die From Unrelated Causes
4/5/2012 1:35 PM ET

New data collected in a study at Virginia Commonwealth University suggests that roughly half of all cancer survivors die of health conditions unrelated to cancer. According to lead researcher Dr. Yi Ning, the new data shows that it's important not to neglect other conditions when dealing with cancer recovery.

For the study, the research team collected data from 1,807 cancer survivors as part of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys. Between 58.7 and 70.5 percent of participants had other conditions including high blood pressure, heart conditions, or high cholesterol.

Over the course of 17 years, 776 of the participants died with 49 percent dying of non-cancer related ailments.

"After the detection of cancer, clinicians and cancer survivors pay less attention to the prevention and treatment of other diseases and complications," said Dr. Yi in a press release. "We shouldn't neglect other aspects of health because we are focused on cancer."

by RTT Staff Writer

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