ISC: Stroke survivors may be at increased cancer risk

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People who had a stroke may develop cancer at a higher rate than those who do not have a stroke, according to research presented at ISC, held in February in Nashville. Study participants developed a wide range of cancers, including skin, prostate, breast, lung, and bladder cancer. 

“We already knew that cancer patients are at increased risk of stroke. But what happens when you turn it around and look at cancer risks for ischemic stroke survivors? That was our question,” said Malik Adil, MD, lead author from the research team at the Zeenat Qureshi Stroke Institute in St. Cloud, Minnesota. 

The team analyzed data from the Vitamin Intervention for Stroke Prevention (VISP) multicenter trial from 1997 to 2001. The...