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HHS HealthBeat (September 8, 2011)

Heart disease, breast cancer, and women

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From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Nicholas Garlow with HHS HealthBeat.

A study indicates heart disease is more likely to older kill women than breast cancer, even if those women already had breast cancer. Researchers looked at more than 60,000 women, diagnosed with breast cancer, for 12 years. Heart disease killed more of those women than breast cancer did.

Jennifer Patnaik is at the University of Colorado, Denver.

“Breast cancer death rates have declined about 40 percent since 1990. This is due to two complementary factors; earlier diagnosis and more effective treatments.” (11 seconds)

Living a healthy lifestyle can help those who are diagnosed fight back.

“Most importantly, include exercise and healthy eating into your daily routine and quit smoking if you currently smoking.” (11 seconds)

The study in the journal Breast Cancer Research was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Nicholas Garlow.

Last revised: September 8, 2011