Why are so many cancer patients needlessly dying of blood clots?


Clot busters
photo credit: GNC Live Well Philippines

Please read this article in the Daily Mail (a UK newspaper) about a West End star, who had cancer.  The irony was that she died very suddenly, not from the cancer itself, but from a condition that was preventable:  blood clots.

(many thanks to the family of Sophiya Haque for allowing her case history and celebrity status to be used in publicising this condition.)

The little known fact is:  anyone with cancer has blood that is stickier.

Apparently, tumours produce molecules called proagulants that make the blood clump together more readily.

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