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Radiation therapy for cervical cancer increases risk for colorectal cancer - The Galveston County Daily News : Health

July 22, 2014

Radiation therapy for cervical cancer increases risk for colorectal cancer

Posted: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 12:05 am

GALVESTON — Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch are the first to recommend that young women treated with radiation for cervical cancer should begin colorectal cancer screening earlier than traditionally recommended.

The researchers, finding a high incidence of secondary colorectal cancers among cervical cancer survivors treated with radiation, offer new recommendations that the younger women in this group begin colorectal cancer screening about eight years after their initial cervical cancer diagnosis instead of waiting until age 50. The study is now online in the journal Medical Oncology.

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