Heart Disease Marker Linked to Cancer

by Jodee on April 9, 2009

Researchers have found a link between the risk of heart disease and cancer. People who have elevated levels of C-reactive Protein (CRP) are 30 percent more likely to develop cancer, according to a study conducted at the University of Copenhagen. Over 10,000 participants participated in the study, which checked their CRP levels and then followed them for the next 16 years.

During the years that they were followed, 1,600 participants got cancer. The people who started the study with elevated CRP levels were 30 percent more likely to get the disorder than those who had lower ones. The study participants who got cancer and started off the study with higher-than-normal CRP levels were a whopping 80 percent more likely to die early.

Getting your CRP levels checked when you have your annual physical is a good idea, given these findings.

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