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4 Your Health: A cancer risk for children and unknown high blood pressure

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Tucson- Many people with high blood pressure don't even know they have the condition.

New government research shows nearly 16 percent of adults have undiagnosed hypertension. Men, people under 39 and Asian adults were most likely to be unaware of their high blood pressure. Patients with health insurance and those who visited their doctor more often were least likely to have undiagnosed hypertension.

High blood pressure increases the risk of a heart attack or stroke.

Child organ recipients at risk for cancer

Children who receive an organ transplant have a higher risk for many types of cancer. Researchers found young transplant patients were 200 times more likely to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma than the general population. 

The greatest risk was during the first year when their immune systems were most vulnerable. Some children also contract the Epstein-Barr virus from the transplanted organ, which increases the risk of cancer.

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