Navigation Links
Parkinson's May Have Links to Certain Cancers, Study Suggests
Date:4/8/2011

FRIDAY, April 8 (HealthDay News) -- People with Parkinson's disease appear to be at increased risk for melanoma and prostate cancer, and this greater risk may extend to their close and distant relatives, a new study suggests.

University of Utah School of Medicine researchers discovered the possible connection after analyzing data from the Utah Population Database (UPDB), which contains birth, death and family relationship data for more than 2.2 million people. Some of the records extend back over 15 generations.

The database is also linked with the Utah Cancer Registry and Utah death certificates dating back to 1904.

For this study, the researchers looked at nearly 3,000 people with at least three generations of genealogical data who had died of Parkinson's disease. The risk of prostate cancer and melanoma was much higher than expected in this group of people, and an increased risk was also seen in their first-, second-, and third-degree relatives.

"In our study, we not only identified an increased risk for prostate cancer and melanoma among individuals with Parkinson's disease and their relatives, but also established a reciprocal risk for Parkinson's disease among individuals with these two cancers and their relatives," co-author Dr. Stefan-M Pulst, professor and chair of the department of neurology, explained in a university news release. "Collectively, these data strongly support a genetic association between Parkinson's disease and both prostate cancer and melanoma."

The data might also highlight new avenues of research, the authors added.

"Our findings point to the existence of underlying pathophysiologic changes that are common to Parkinson's disease, prostate cancer, and melanoma," co-author Lisa Cannon-Albright, professor of internal medicine and division chief of epidemiology, pointed out in the news release. "Exploring the precise genetic links among these diseases could improve our understanding of Parkinson's disease and influence strategies for prostate and skin cancer screening."

The study is slated to be presented this week at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology in Honolulu. Experts note that research presented at medical meetings has not undergone the rigorous peer review of studies published in reputable journals, and should be considered preliminary.

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke has more about Parkinson's disease.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: University of Utah Health Sciences, news release, April 7, 2011


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Study Links Smoking, Breast Cancer in Older Women
2. FDA Panel Examines Possible Links Between Food Dyes, ADHD
3. Wayne State study links testosterone with mens ability to woo potential mates
4. CDC Links Prescription Painkillers in Pregnancy to Birth Defects
5. Study links vitamin D to lung cancer survival
6. Study links long-term use of osteoporosis drugs to unusual fractures
7. USDA study confirms links between longer ragweed season and climate change
8. Study links hypoxia and inflammation in many diseases
9. Study Links MS to Brain Chemical Deficiency
10. Experts call for greater awareness of the links between diabetes and kidney disease
11. Study Links Brain Molecule to Risk of Major Depression
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Parkinson's May Have Links to Certain Cancers, Study Suggests
(Date:9/21/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... September 21, 2017 , ... Japanese Zen ... Yoga Mat Revolution” on 6th, 7th and 8th October at Miranda Kuo Gallery on ... mat art pieces, such as Zen Kodo mat. Wanderlust , one of the ...
(Date:9/21/2017)... Boulder, CO (PRWEB) , ... September 21, 2017 ... ... Education Interview of the Month, Lewis and Clark College Emeritus Professor of Education ... Associate Faith Boninger, co-author of Asleep at the Switch: Schoolhouse Commercialism, Privacy, ...
(Date:9/20/2017)... ... September 20, 2017 , ... ... voice for people who have kidney disease. The theme “Describe a positive decision ... stories. Entrants needed to meet only one qualification— to have been diagnosed ...
(Date:9/20/2017)... ... September 20, 2017 , ... Announced ... Aligner clinical and commercial support services market) has entered into an agreement on ... Australia. , The PGSD is the first private Dental School to launch ...
(Date:9/20/2017)... ... September 20, 2017 , ... The Honey Pot ... Vaginas.” The goal is to ignite conversation via social media and word-of-mouth regarding ... brand has declared September “Humans with Vaginas” month, releasing a video celebrating the ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/7/2017)... Ind. , Sept. 7, 2017  Zimmer Biomet ... in musculoskeletal healthcare, today announced that it will be ... Global Healthcare Conference at the Grand Hyatt hotel in ... 11, 2017 at 11:40 a.m. Eastern Time. ... via Zimmer Biomet,s Investor Relations website at http://investor.zimmerbiomet.com ...
(Date:9/6/2017)... Sept. 6, 2017 NeuroRx, a clinical stage biopharma ... and Behavior (ASIB), has been granted Fast Track status by ... of NRX-100 (ketamine HCl) followed by NRX-101 (D-cycloserine + lurasidone). ... trial of this sequential therapy targeting patients who are admitted ... ...
(Date:9/5/2017)... LONDON , Sept. 5, 2017  Just 18 ... Valid Insight is pleased to announce the appointment of ... Tammy Wynne , Dominic Jones-Phillips and ... from industry. ... a team of market access writers. She has over ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: