MS patients may face higher chance of cancer
A study published in the European Journal of Neurology concludes that people with multiple sclerosis (MS) may have an increased risk of developing any type of cancer, particularly breast cancer.
The research contradicts earlier studies that have looked at the link between cancer and autoimmune diseases, so researchers say more work needs to be done to establish a true link.
For the study, researchers assessed data from the National Health Insurance System of Taiwan, involving 1,292 patients who were diagnosed with MS between 1997 and 2010. Each patient was matched with four patients without the condition.
Results showed that people with MS were 85 percent more likely to develop cancer than the controls. And, their risk of developing breast cancer was twice that of controls.
The researchers say this suggests that MS patients may need to be monitored closely for early detection of cancer.