A recent study has shown that breast cancer survivors are very likely to develop blood cancer within a few years of treatment.
In a recent study conducted in France, it was found that the women who survive breast cancer, tend to develop secondary hematologic malignant neoplasms. This neoplasm leads to blood cancer in these survivors.
These neoplasms come into existence about after months to years of diagnosis of breast cancer. The causes behind this include previous cancer treatments, environmental factors, and genetic predisposition.
The study was conducted in 4,39,794 women who suffered from breast cancer between July 1, 2006, and December 31, 2015. As the outcome, it was found out that in around 3,046 of these women, the secondary hematologic malignant neoplasms developed within 5 years of diagnosing.
Along with this, breast cancer survivors are also prone to a few other types of cancers like acute myeloid leukemia (AML), myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), acute lymphoblastic leukemia or lymphocytic lymphoma (ALL/LL).
This shows that breast cancer survivors are more prone to blood cancer than any other healthy woman. Thus, the survivors must be aware of the consequences and increased risk of developing hematologic malignant neoplasms.
Dr. Marie Joelle Jabagi said “The aims of our research were to estimate the frequency of various types of hematologic malignant neoplasm following a diagnosis of primary breast cancer among women aged 20 to 85 years in France during the past decade, and to compare it to the corresponding frequency in women of the French general population.”
Gene signatures that guide cancer treatment have already been discovered. These signatures will help in preventing the development of hematologic malignant neoplasms in the early stages of treatment. But further research is required to prevent genetic disposition and other cancer-causing factors.
Cancer is a group of 100 different diseases. One’s body may or may not show cancer symptoms. Though medical science has found numerous ways to fight cancer one should always try to take measures to prevent it at first place. Keeping a vigilant watch on the food intake and minor changes in the body may help in preventing it.