Does Deep Vein Thrombosis Raise My Risk of Cancer?

The link between cancer and a type of blood clot called deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a two-way street. If you have cancer, you have a bigger chance of getting DVT. And if you had DVT, your odds go up of getting diagnosed with cancer.

Cancer cells damage tissue in your body, which leads to swelling and triggers clotting. Tumors also churn out chemicals that cause clots.

Some types of cancer are more likely to cause DVT than others, such as cancers of the:

  • Brain
  • Liver
  • Kidney
  • Lung
  • Ovaries
  • Pancreas
  • Stomach
  • Uterus

The risk of DVT is also higher with leukemia and lymphoma, and with cancer that has spread through your body (metastatic cancer).

Because of the link between the conditions, it’s possible that a clot can be an early sign of cancer. Some experts say that about 1 out of 10 people who have a DVT get diagnosed with cancer within the year. But other research shows the risk may actually be much lower.

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