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The American Heart Association (AHA) recently published a statement highlighting the need to monitor cardiovascular health in women receiving treatment for breast cancer.

"We want to learn from what they have been able to achieve [for breast cancer] and we can see the correlation between that investment in research and the progress that then follows in terms of reducing the number of deaths", said Culhane.

Having a father or brother who's also been diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in their life increases your risk twofold.

"We have taught and seen these problems".

Because of these factors, there is now no screening programme for prostate cancer here in Britain - so it's up to you to arrange tests, if you think you could be at risk.

In the U.S. and the United Kingdom, about 12% of women will develop breast cancer at some point in their lifetimes, according to the National Cancer Institute and the organization Cancer Research UK.

The organization said patients and doctors shouldn't avoid the treatments but instead take steps to prevent or minimize the cardiac risks.

Patients can find it hard to focus on the crossover effects when facing radiation, surgery or chemotherapy. In one of the world's longest-running mammography studies, researchers in Canada found that among women aged 40 to 59 who were randomly assigned to regular mammograms, mortality after 5, 10, and 15 years was indistinguishable from women not getting regular mammograms.

Radiation can affect arteries and spur narrowing or blockages. "This can cause isolated coronary artery disease in that portion of the artery".

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Signs of the disease should never be ignored, according to the NHS. Heart failure and left ventricular dysfunction can be adverse effects of both drugs.

"Any patient who is going to undergo breast cancer treatment, whether they have heart disease at the beginning or not, should be aware of the potential effects of the treatments on their heart", said Laxmi Mehta, M.D.

Some small studies suggest that administering common chemotherapy agents in new ways may reduce heart disease risks.

Dr Tochi Okwuosa: "The problem is, if you are at risk, and not everybody is at risk, you get through treatment, you get back to your regular life and all is well until all is not well, and somebody tells you, 'You have heart failure'". In fact, older breast cancer patients more often die of heart disease than cancer itself. Older postmenopausal breast cancer survivors are now more likely to die of diseases other than breast cancer, and cardiovascular disease is the most common cause of death.

That's the key message in the American Heart Association's first scientific statement to address the topic.

Heart disease and breast cancer share a number of risk factors, including advanced age, poor diet, family history, physical inactivity and tobacco use.

"Oncologists are doing a terrific job of increasing survival rates by advancing the science and improving cancer treatments".

Science is still working on combating the negative effects cancer treatment can have on patients' hearts, but drugs that can reduce cellular damage are being slowly introduced to the medical market.

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