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ANCHOR LEAD:  WOMEN WHO SURVIVE CANCER AS KIDS DON’T FOLLOW UP, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

If you’ve survived cancer once, you’re more likely to be vigilant about follow-up care, right?  Not so, a study in a recent issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association concludes.   The study followed women who had had childhood cancer, but who didn’t go for recommended mammography.  Bill Nelson, director of the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, says this is an increasing problem.

NELSON:  There are survivors of childhood cancers that are living well into adulthood.  These people have acquired some risks related to our treatment.  The one in the JAMA article is increased risk of breast cancer and the like from chest irradiation, which was needed to cure that cancer.  The key issue there is that by careful screening and follow up these breast cancer risks can be greatly reduced, at least the threat of breast cancer.  :23

Nelson says all cancer survivors, and there are more and more of them all the time, need careful follow up care.  I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting


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