July 21, 2010
Asthma And Eczema Sufferers Have A Lower Risk Of Developing A Cancer
Men who had a history of asthma or eczema generally had a lower risk of developing cancer, according to a study carried out by researchers at INRS"“Institut Armand-Frappier, the Research Centre of the Centre hospitalier de l'Universit© de Montr©al, and McGill University. The findings, published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, show that male eczema sufferers had a lower risk of lung cancer while those with a history of asthma had a similar effect in relation to stomach cancer.
"Asthma and eczema are allergies brought about by a hyper-reactive immune system "“ a state which might have enabled abnormal cells to have been eliminated more efficiently, thereby reducing the risk of cancer," explained Professor Marie-Claude Rousseau of the INRS"“Institut Armand-Frappier, one of the co-authors of the research.
These findings contribute important knowledge to population health and provide new research leads. Although the study did not allow to identify which specific factors related to asthma and eczema were responsible for reducing the risk of cancer, it offers new angles for research into the molecular and immunological mechanisms that are involved in immunostimulation, a potentially promising strategy for cancer prevention.
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