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Does being treated with radiation for cervical cancer increase the odds of getting other cancers?

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If you were treated with radiation, your odds of getting stomach, vagina, vulva, rectum, and urinary bladder cancers are higher. You may also have an increased risk of certain other cancers like acute myeloid leukemia and bone cancer.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Can I get another cancer after having cervical cancer?” “What is cancer recurrence?”

UpToDate: “Patient education: Fertility preservation in women with early-stage cervical cancer (Beyond the Basics).”

The Tech Museum of Innovation: “Ask a Geneticist: Is cervical cancer hereditary?”

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Cervical Cancer Screening.”

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on October 20, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Can I get another cancer after having cervical cancer?” “What is cancer recurrence?”

UpToDate: “Patient education: Fertility preservation in women with early-stage cervical cancer (Beyond the Basics).”

The Tech Museum of Innovation: “Ask a Geneticist: Is cervical cancer hereditary?”

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Cervical Cancer Screening.”

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on October 20, 2018

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