Inverse Relationship Between Alzheimer’s Disease And Cancer

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(Best Syndication News) There may be an inverse relationship between cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, according to research published in the journal Neorology. This exciting discovery could lead to treatments for both diseases because cancer is less likely to develop in Alzheimer’s patients and Alzheimer’s is less likely to develop in cancer patients (details below).

According to American Academy of Neurology member, Catherine M. Roe, PhD, of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO, this is thrilling research. “Discovering the links between these two conditions may help us better understand both diseases and open up avenues for possible treatments”, Roe said. She is also the author of the study.


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The study involved 3,020 participants aged 65 and older who were enrolled in the Cardiovascular Health Study. The researchers followed the group for an average of 5 years to see whether dementia would occur. They also wanted to see if any of the participants would develop cancer after 8 years. This is how they found the relationship between the two diseases.

Of the 3,020 participants, 164 people (5.4 percent) already had Alzheimer’s disease and 522 people (17.3 percent) already had a cancer diagnosis. After the study began, 478 people developed dementia and 376 people developed invasive cancer.

Interestingly, those that developed cancer were less likely to develop Alzheimers. People with Alzheimer’s in the beginning of the study had a 69 percent reduced risk of future cancer hospitalizations compared to those who did not have Alzheimer’s disease at the beginning of the study. For Caucasian patients with cancer at the beginning of the study, they had a 43 percent reduced risk for Alzheimer’s compared to those without cancer. The relation was not found in minority groups.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) supported the research.

By: Marsha Quinn
Health Writer

Common Misspellings: Altimers, Alzimers, Alzymers, Oldtimers, Old Timers,

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