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Study finds cervical cancer radiation therapy may heighten risk for colorectal cancer

from BioNews Texas

Radiation therapy has long been used as a viable treatment option for cancer. While its benefits are well proven in a variety of oncological treatment settings, a new study has revealed that its use may have unintended consequences in treating certain types of cancer. According to a recent news release from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston a group of researchers have revealed for the first time that young women who were previously given radiation treatment for cervical cancer may in fact be at greater risk for developing colorectal cancer as a result of the treatment, and thus should be screened earlier for the disease than when is traditionally recommended. more

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