Rheumatoid Arthritis Research: It Linked To at least 8 Types Of Cancers

Rheumatoid Arthritis Research:It Linked To at least 8 Types Of Cancers

Lung cancer:Rheumatoid Arthritis Research Show it connected to the  lung-cancer risk and maybe because smoking raises the chances of getting Rheumatoid Arthritis in the first place.Although,, that even the people who don’t smoke with Rheumatoid Arthritis have a slightly higher risk of the getting lung cancer.

Skin cancer:Rheumatoid Arthritis Research discover that melanoma, the most threatening type of the skin cancer, is commonly in the people who take TNF inhibitors, possibly because these drugs suppress the immune system.A 2007 study found that the people with Rheumatoid Arthritis who take TNF inhibitors have more than double the risk of melanoma as Rheumatoid Arthritis patients who do not, although the actual risk was low (32 out of nearly 14,000 RA patients developed melanoma).

Myeloma: Multiple myeloma is a relatively common form of cancer that affects white blood cells called plasma cells; about 20,000 new cases will be diagnosed in 2011, according to the American Cancer Society.People with RA seem to have a 17% higher chance of getting the disease, according to a 2008 Rheumatoid Arthritis Research.

Dr. Hochberg says people who have RA for long periods of time may produce excess antibody-related proteins in the blood, a condition called hyperglobulinemia. This can sometimes develop into multiple myeloma, a disease characterized by the abnormal production of plasma cells.

Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and Hodgkin’s disease:More than any other malignancy, RA seems to increase the risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and Hodgkin’s disease according the Rheumatoid Arthritis Research, cancers of immune cells called lymphocytes.

A 2003 study of more than 76,000 Swedish RA patients found they had a two- and three-times higher risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and Hodgkin’s disease, respectively, than people without RA. (Of the patients, 458 and 77 developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and Hodgkin’s disease, respectively, over a 35-year period.) Moreover, a 2006 study found that those with the most severe RA symptoms are at the highest risk of lymphoma.

Leukemia:Data is mixed on the link between RA and leukemia. A Finnish study of almost 12,000 men and 35,000 women found higher rates of leukemia among men with RA compared to those without it, but there was not a significant increase among women with RA.

Prostate cancer:Long-term usage of NSAIDs may also less the risk of death in men with RA who develop prostate cancer.Rheumatoid Arthritis Research nearly 100,000 Swedish prostate-cancer patients presented at a 2008 meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology found a 12% reduced risk of death among men with Rheumatoid Arthritis compared to those without. Men who had been hospitalized for Rheumatoid Arthritis treatment six or more times (thus more likely to be taking NSAIDs) had the lowest mortality rates.