Childhood cancer survivors at risk of early heart disease

Adult survivors of childhood cancer have a greater risk of heart disease earlier in life compared with the general population, a German study suggests.

Researchers studied 951 adults, ages 23 to 48, who had been diagnosed with cancer when they were younger than 15 years old, as well as more than 15,000 healthy controls.

Overall, the cancer survivors were 38% more likely to have high blood pressure and 26% more likely to have high cholesterol, the study found. Cancer survivors also developed hypertension an average of six years earlier than other people, and high