Saturday, November 14, 2015

2 Minute Medicine: A link between childhood cancers and adult autoimmune disease?

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This article from 2 Minute Medicine, Risk of developing autoimmune diseases increased after childhood cancer by Michael Milligan and Ravi Shah, MD, found here, caught my attention yesterday. Here's a snippet from the brief article, but head over to read it all:
.....This study followed childhood cancer survivors in Scandinavia to analyze changes in the lifetime risk of autoimmune diseases. Among patients diagnosed with cancer before the age of 20, there was a significant increase in the rate of hospitalization for autoimmune diseases. The risk of acquiring a variety of autoimmune diseases was increased, including those with systemic involvement (e.g. Sjogren’s syndrome), with organ involvement (e.g. Addison disease and type-1 diabetes mellitus), and without detectable autoantibodies (e.g. sarcoidosis).....Continue reading here
The study referred to in the article is Autoimmune diseases in Adult Life after Childhood Cancer in Scandinavia by Anna Sällfors Holmqvist et al and was published in Annals of Rheumatic Diseases November 10th, 2015. You can read this study's abstract here.

Are you a survivor of a childhood cancer?

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