The Cardio-Oncologist Will See You Now

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(Shikha Jain, Tochi M. Okwuosa/ Scientific American) — At 86, United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg has been diagnosed and cured of early stage pancreatic cancer. Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek is in treatment for Stage IV pancreatic cancer and sharing his health updates publicly.

Their stories are more common now as individuals are living longer after a diagnosis of cancer. But with an aging population of cancer survivors also comes more chronic medical conditions, both related and unrelated to the original cancer diagnosis.

There are more than 15 million cancer survivors in the United States, expected to exceed 20 million by 2026. Of those survivors, heart disease is the second leading cause of death. The first leading cause of death is second malignancy. (…)

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