Strokes is one of the key health concerns in populations, world over. The risks are greater as people age, and the presence of certain factors aggravates the mortality risk. Not surprisingly, strokes are second leading cause of deaths in worldwide populations. Clinicians are increasingly focusing on finding high-risk patients for fatal strokes. Curiously enough, a growing body of research stated that patients with certain cancer type are likely to die due to strokes than with the disease. Unfortunately, there lacks prevention guidelines for patients who had cancer or are suffering from it. Researchers at Penn State research gleaned through the vast statistics of National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) program. They found that out of around 7.2 million patients, a little of more than 80000 died of strokes. All these had invasive cancer.
Certain Cancer Type and Age Key Deciding Factors
The scope of the SEER is wide as it purportedly covers 28% of the U.S. population. The review of the SEER data found that patients with certain cancer types and age were deciding factors for fatal strokes. They concluded that strokes occurred mostly in those under 40 and with lymphomas and brain tumors. Further, those with cancer of the prostate, breast, and colorectum and above 40 years suffered fatal strokes.
One of the researchers attributed to the observations to the fact that cancer patients had high risk of blood clotting. In common cancer types, strokes can be substantial health concerning factor. Most common types in the list are breast, colorectal, and prostate. Thus, there lies an underlying need for finding the subset of patients that are high risk of fatal strokes in them. Patients with brain cancer who are receiving chemotherapy are at markedly high risk, added the team.