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Holocaust causing increased cancer, heart disease mortality in survivors – study

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07.04.2021

The harmful impact of the Holocaust on the health of those who survived it has been found to continue for decades afterward, causing increased mortality and raising the chances of heart disease and cancer, a Hebrew University study found.

Researchers analyzed the death records of around 22,000 people, among them 5,042 survivors, living in Israel who were followed up from 1964 to 2016, then compared the mortality rates from cancer and heart disease among Holocaust survivors to those who did not suffer Nazi persecution.

Among women survivors, there was a 15 percent higher overall mortality rate and 17% more deaths from cancer.

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Though the overall mortality for men who survived the Holocaust was no different from those who did not suffer at the hands of the Nazis, there were 14% more deaths from cancer and a 39% higher mortality from heart disease.

The study, by Iaroslav Youssim and Hagit Hochner, both from the School of Public Health at the Hebrew University Faculty of Medicine, was published in February in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

“Our research showed that people who experienced life under Nazi rule early in life, even if they were able to........

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