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Dec 17, 2009 11:10 AM by News First 5

Newly diagnosed cancer patients prone to heart attack

Researchers in Sweden studied data collected from men diagnosed with prostate cancer. They found that patients diagnosed with the disease were three times more likely to have a heart attack in the first week after diagnosis, compared to men without the disease.

The researchers also looked at suicide rates. The overall suicide rate was low -- but the risk was eight times higher than the general population during that first week.

It's important, when receiving a cancer diagnosis, to get professional advice from caring, compassionate caregivers. Knowing how to beat the disease will give your strength in your fight.

If you've been diagnosed with cancer, contact the Dorcy Cancer Center at St. mary Corwin Medical Center.

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