Asthma May Lower Cancer Risk

Wednesday 12th May 2010

New research suggests that people with asthma or eczema may be less likely to develop common forms of cancer. Researchers explain that people with asthma or eczema have a hyper-reactive immune system that is conditioned to remove potentially harmful cells from the body. This heightened immune response, the researchers claim, could significantly lower cancer risks.

Researchers reached their surprising findings by studying the medical records of over 3,300 cancer patients. The finished research, published in Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, shows that men with asthma are much less likely to develop stomach cancer, whilst men with eczema were at decreased risk of developing lung cancer.

Researchers, however, are still baffled by the connection and hope to study the link further. It is hoped that further studies may explain the link between the immune system and cancer growth and lead to better treatment of multiple diseases including asthma, eczema and
cancer.


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