Dermatitis Linked to Cancer Risk (Medicine)

June 28, 2010

A new study has possibly proven that dermatitis is linked to cancer risk, a condition that afflicts several of our top athletes. There is still more research that needs to be done, but scientists are one step closer to learning more about this disease. For more details and a video, keep reading below the photo!

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Atopic dermatitis is a form of skin irritation that is more prevalent in children. People have wondered if recurrent rashes actually lower the immune system enough to increase the chances of developing the terrible disease. A study by Dr. Alejandro Arana has shown it might!

He is a part of the Bridgewater, New Jersey-based company Risk Management Resources and their research has shown that either the medication for, or dermatitis is linked to cancer risk. At first the study seemed to show opposite results, and then when researched by age, it showed they were indeed more likely to develop cancer.

“These are difficult studies to do well and sometimes it’s difficult to understand what they mean,” Dr. David Margolis, a dermatologist at the University of Pennsylvania Health System who was not involved with the study. “I think people just need to put their results in perspective.”

He emphasized that even with the findings that the risk is still very small. Of the 4.5 million people studied, 1.5 percent had the specific type of skin disease, and under 3% had some form of cancer.

Arana concluded, “We cannot establish a cause and effect relationship from one study alone. Each study should be seen as a brick in the wall of knowledge.”

Scientists are making advances all the time, and whether they find out the dermatitis linked to cancer risk is true or not, it gives people with the condition warning to keep an eye on their health. Early detection is this best after all. What d you think about the findings by Dr. Arana? Let me know after you watch this video.

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