Patients Diagnosed with Blood Clots at Increased Risk for Colon and Breast Cancer

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Colon and Breast Cancer

According to a recent article published in the journal Cancer, individuals who are hospitalized for deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolism (PE) are thought to have a significantly increased risk of developing colon cancer or breast cancer within the following two years.


Breast cancer and colon cancer are two of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in the U.S. Researchers continue to evaluate which individuals might be at a higher risk of developing these cancers; these high-risk individuals may benefit from a more intensive screening program to detect and treat the cancers in their earliest stages.

DVT and PE refer to blood clots; specifically, PE refers to a blood clot that gets trapped in the lung. Although there have been reports indicating associations between blood clots and a subsequent development of cancer, there have no clearly defined screening guidelines.

Researchers from the U.S. recently analyzed data from the National Cancer Institute