Wednesday, Jun 12, 2013 AFP
WASHINGTON – Patients who successfully battled cancer during childhood face an extraordinarily high rate of chronic illness during their grown-up years, according to study published Tuesday.
The research released by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) tracked 1,700 adult survivors of childhood cancer, and found that the vast majority were combating one or more chronic ailments.
“The percentage of survivors with one or more chronic health conditions prevalent in a young adult population was extraordinarily high,” said lead researcher Melissa Hudson and her colleagues at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Memphis.
The study found that 80.5 percent of adults were suffering with at least one chronic ailment by the age of 45.
The subjects in the study were most likely to suffer from ailments to the lungs, heart, auditory, nervous or endocrine systems.