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Getting a Leg Up on Health: Cancer Creates a Risk for Blood Clots

By Dr. Samuel P. Martin

Thrombosis (blood clots) is the second-leading cause of death in patients with cancer. Breast cancer increases the risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), usually in the legs. Aggressive preventive care— and an attitude that doesn’t accept defeat—will help you avoid this complication.

What puts you a increased risk?

If you have any of these situations and experience new or increased swelling or leg pain, contact your doctor. Chemotherapy by itself—and particularly combined with hormonal therapy—increases your risk, especially with age. Unfortunately, thrombophrophylaxis (a medicine used to avoid clots) has not demonstrated a consistent benefit, may be very expensive, and has its own risks.

Preventive Care

In the spirit of Pink October and recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness, keep active and carry the torch to conquer cancer—don’t just survive, THRIVE!

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