By: Jennifer Fiorini, MD
At The Breast Place, our focus extends beyond breast health. This month we launched The Breast Place Fitness Challenge to promote the prevention of both breast cancer and cardiovascular disease. More women die of cardiovascular disease than breast cancer. Even in women with breast cancer, dying from heart disease is a leading cause of death. This is partly because cardiovascular disease is ten times more common than breast cancer and because breast cancer has become more treatable.
Last month the American Heart Association published a statement on the relationship between breast cancer and heart disease. There are two main messages in their statement. First, that heart disease and breast cancer have many of the same risk factors and will often be found in the same patients. And second, that most women who are diagnosed with breast cancer will survive their cancer diagnosis. Because of this, health care professionals must keep in mind that long term survival depends on taking cardiac health into consideration in the quest to cure cancer.