The Link Between Psoriasis and Cancer

A recent article sent to us by DailyRxNews documents a link between psoriasis and various forms of cancer.

If this post caught your eye, chances are you or someone you care about is one of millions that suffer from psoriasis described as “the most common autoimmune disease in the U.S.”  The most common symptoms of psoriasis are “raised, red patches covered with a silvery white buildup of dead skin cells…on any part of the body and is associated with other serious health conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease and depression.”

Linking Psoriasis and Cancer

“A recent review of previous studies found that patients with psoriasis had a greater chance of developing cancers that involve the respiratory tract, digestive tract, urinary tract, liver and the skin…The risk for developing urinary tract cancer, non-Hodgkin lymphoma or respiratory tract cancer increased by about 31 percent, 40 percent and 52 percent, respectively, among psoriasis patients compared to patients without the skin condition. Psoriasis patients were also 90 percent more likely to get liver cancer compared to non-psoriasis patients. The odds for developing upper aerodigestive tract cancer were three times higher among psoriasis patients. With regards to certain skin cancers, psoriasis patients were more than twice as likely to develop basal cell carcinoma and five times more likely to develop squamous cell carcinoma. The risk for melanoma did not increase.”

“‘In conclusion, psoriasis patients tend to have a small increased risk of some solid cancers, especially those linked to alcohol drinking and cigarette smoking…’ the researchers wrote in their report.”

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