Some Stroke Survivors May Face Heightened Cancer Risk, Study Shows

February 12, 2015 2:00 PM

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THURSDAY, Feb. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults who survive a stroke may have a higher-than-average risk of developing cancer in the next few years, a new study suggests.

Researchers followed nearly 3,700 ischemic stroke survivors who were started out cancer-free. Over two years follow-up, 2 percent were newly diagnosed with cancer. The researchers determined their risk of a cancer diagnosis was 40 percent higher than the norm for older U.S. adults.

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