Link Between Marker for Heart Disease, Cancer Found

by Jodee on May 11, 2009

If you have been thinking that just about everything causes cancer, the results of research conducted in Denmark would seem to support that idea. Scientists have have discovered a link between elevated levels of C-reactive protein (“CRP”), which is linked to heart disease and cancer.

Having a higher-than-normal level of CRP means that your risk of cancer is 30 percent higher than the general population. Study participants who had the highest levels of CRP were a whopping 80 percent more likely to die at a young age. CRP and inflammation are connected. While research hasn’t yet revealed whether the inflammation causes cancer or is merely a symptom, perhaps an annual physical should include testing for this protein.

That way, patients with elevated levels can have the proper follow-up care and make lifestyle changes to help them improve their overall health.

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