Dermatitis linked to cancer risk

June 28th, 2010 - 9:13 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

der New York, Jun 28 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Scientists are doing research all the time on cancer and their latest research has shown that people who have the skin disease - atopic dermatitis have a higher chance of getting cancer. It’s not known whether the drugs used by people with that medical condition are responsible for the increased risk.

Dr Alejandro Arana who works for a company Risk Management Resources, which is based in New Jersey, studied people who have dermatitis. His colleagues also examined the medical reports of about 4.5 million people in the UK, for about 7 years in their research to study the link between dermatitis and cancer risk.

They report was published in the British Journal of Dermatology and it revealed that about 1.5 percent of those studied had atopic dermatology and out of that, around 3 percent had been diagnosed with some kind of cancer during the study period. People without the skin condition were averagely 12 to 15 years older than those with the condition.

The investigators specifically looked at lymphoma, melanoma, and non-melanoma skin cancer and when they were examined through different age group wise also. The study found that atopic dermatitis sufferers were 1.5 times at higher risk of getting cancer, than those without the skin disease.

The investigators however emphasized that having atopic dermatitis, doesn’t prove that you would contract cancer.

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