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Radiation Therapy as a Kid Ups Breast Cancer Risk Later in Life

Posted Jul 24 2009 10:06pm

For most people, it’s hard to imagine chemotherapy—our “miracle” cancer killer—might actually raise your likelihood of getting cancer, but apparently it can.

New findings in Journal of Clinical Oncology reveal young girls who undergo radiation therapy for childhood cancer have a higher long-term risk of breast cancer later on.

Researchers studied 120 women diagnosed with cancer when they were younger than 21 years old, and treated with radiation between 1970 and 1986. Data from these women was then compared to women who developed cancer at the same age, but did not receive radiation.

Results showed the more radiation a participant received as a child, the higher her risk of a tumor later in life.

Listen, chemotherapy isn’t all its cracked up to be:

Via Reuters.

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