Can you get cancer of the heart?

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Reinhold Just

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Can you get cancer of the heart?
« on: 12/01/2010 10:30:02 »
Reinhold Just  asked the Naked Scientists:
   
Good morning Chris!

My calls and sms' to 702 Talk Radio have not yet been aired and so I decided to write to you with my question.

Is there a condition such as cancer of the heart and if so, why does one not hear of it?

Best regards, Ronald.

What do you think?
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Can you get cancer of the heart?
« Reply #1 on: 12/01/2010 19:52:27 »
I've never heard of anyone getting it

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Primary tumors of the heart are present in 0.001 to 0.28 percent of autopsies in the general population.
http://www.healthsystem.virginia.edu/uvahealth/adult_cardiac/sarcoma.cfm

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Can you get cancer of the heart?
« Reply #2 on: 13/01/2010 23:26:06 »
The answer is yes you can; the commonest tumour of the heart is actually a (usually) benign one known as an atrial myxoma:

http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/151362-overview

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Can you get cancer of the heart?
« Reply #3 on: 14/01/2010 00:20:40 »
Thats interesting!

Great question Reinhold, as I too, had never heard too much about that!

Thanks Chris and RD!

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