BLOOD CLOT CAUSE
ANCHOR LEAD: BLOOD CLOTS ARE SOMETIMES CAUSED BY CANCERS, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
The US surgeon general has just issued a call to action for care providers and patients alike to become more aware of blood clots that most often occur in the legs, called deep vein thrombosis. Michele Bellantoni, a geriatrics expert at Johns Hopkins, says everyone needs to be aware that these clots may be a consequence of undiagnosed cancer.
BELLANTONI: Unprovoked blood clots, meaning no additional risk factors, such as long travel or immobility, there’s a reason why the legs are suffering blood clots, and one of the reasons can be cancer as an underlying cause, where there’s inflammation in the circulation that can lead to these blood clots. This study highlighted the importance of a completed history, and physical examination, followed by targeted diagnostic studies. And of course the reason to diagnose these cancers is to intervene early. :30
So if you’re experiencing leg pain, seek prompt evaluation. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.