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Breast cancer radiotherapy linked to angiosarcoma

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Skin lesions following treatment for breast cancer can develop into a rare and aggressive form of angiosarcoma, US researchers have warned.

Breast cancer patients who have had surgery or radiation therapy may develop atypical vascular lesions; these may lead to angiosarcoma, a rare type of cancer that originates in the lining of the blood vessels.

The case study, on a 63-year-old woman reported in the Journal of American Academy of Dermatology, reported that atypical vascular lesions in women who have undergone such treatment, which may routinely be ignored, could turn into the cancer.

They added that formal treatment recommendations for them would be helpful.

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