Do women treated for cancer age faster than cancer-free women?

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  • Yes, the biological aging process in women is affected by radiation therapy for cancer treatment
  • Maybe, radiation damages the cells, tissues, and DNA, promoting premature aging
  • No, it depends on the type of cancer, radiation, duration, and age of the women
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      Seema Waghmareswaghmare
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      A recent study conducted by researchers at the National Institutes of Health has revealed that women who have undergone treatment for breast cancer experience an accelerated biological aging process compared to women who have not been diagnosed with breast cancer. Interestingly, this aging effect was particularly noticeable among breast cancer patients who received radiation therapy, whereas there was no similar association with surgery. These findings suggest that the act of developing cancer itself might not be the primary cause of the accelerated aging phenomenon. Notably, radiation therapy is a crucial and effective treatment for breast cancer, and the exact reasons behind its strong connection to biological aging remain unclear.
      This discovery underscores the importance of reducing radiation exposure whenever feasible and finding strategies to alleviate potential adverse health impacts for the approximately 4 million breast cancer survivors in the United States. However, it is vital to highlight that this research should not lead women to dismiss radiation therapy as a treatment option.
      https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/women-treated-breast-cancer-may-age-faster-cancer-free-women

      • This topic was modified 6 months, 3 weeks ago by Seema Waghmareswaghmare.
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      behzadali3232behzadali3232
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      Yes

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      pascalogolla5pascalogolla5
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