Navigation Links
Type of Muscular Dystrophy Linked to Raised Cancer Risk
Date:12/13/2011

TUESDAY, Dec. 13 (HealthDay News) -- People with a certain type of muscular dystrophy have twice the risk of being diagnosed with cancer as the general population, although the actual risk is relatively low, a new study finds.

Myotonic muscular dystrophy (MMD) is characterized by progressive weakness and muscular wasting that can affect many muscles, including those of the face, neck, hands and feet. The condition can range from mild to severe.

The study, published in the Dec. 14 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, included 1,658 patients in Denmark and Sweden who were diagnosed with MMD between 1977 and 2008, and followed until they were diagnosed with cancer, died or emigrated.

During follow-up, about 40 percent of the patients died and about 6 percent developed cancer. The number of MMD patients who developed cancer (104) was twice as high as the 52 cases that would be expected in the same number of people in the general population, Dr. Shahinaz Gadalla of the U.S. National Cancer Institute and colleagues explained in a journal news release.

Gadalla and colleagues said their findings indicate that MMD patients are at increased risk for cancer.

"Most notably, we observed significant excesses of endometrial cancer, brain cancer, ovarian cancer and colon cancer. Our data also suggested possible excesses of eye cancer, other female genital organ cancer, thyroid cancer and pancreatic cancer," the researchers wrote.

People with MMD should make sure they are getting recommended cancer screenings, especially for colon cancer, according to the researchers.

The study authors also urged people with MMD not to be overly worried. Though the risk of certain cancers are higher compared to the general population, the chances of getting a specific cancer is still low.

"The incidence rates for a number of the excess cancers are relatively low, despite their large relative risks," the authors concluded.

More information

The Muscular Dystrophy Association has more about myotonic muscular dystrophy.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Journal of the American Medical Association, news release, Dec. 13, 2011


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

Related medicine news :

1. Wayne State University researcher to study spinal muscular atrophy
2. University Hospitals Neuromuscular Center EMG labs awarded accreditation
3. Most nurses dont use recommended intramuscular injection site despite potential risks
4. MDA awards $13.5 million in grants for research treatments for neuromuscular diseases
5. Human protein improves muscle function of muscular dystrophy mice
6. Fat yet muscular mouse provides clues to improving cardiovascular health
7. Blacks with muscular dystrophy die 10-12 years younger than whites: New study
8. Rochester leads international effort to improve muscular dystrophy treatment
9. Spinal muscular atrophy may also affect the heart
10. Gene Therapy Shows Promise for Muscular Dystrophy
11. Doctors use ultrasound to diagnose possible muscular trauma in professional athletes on-site
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Type of Muscular Dystrophy Linked to Raised Cancer Risk
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... The American Board of ... its next President and Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Dr. James C. Puffer upon his ... July 1, 2018 until Dr. Puffer’s retirement at the end of 2018. Upon assuming ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... ... Apple Rehab Shelton Lakes , which specializes in the delivery of sub-acute ... of a disaster drill on October 3rd. , Apple Rehab participated with the Shelton ... well as the Connecticut Long Term Care Mutual Aid Plan (LTC-MAP). The LTC-MAP ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Yisrayl Hawkins, Pastor and Overseer at The House of Yahweh, ... and least understood books in the Holy Scriptures, Revelation. The Book of Revelation paints ... for centuries. Many have tossed it off as mere rubbish, but Yisrayl Hawkins says ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... First Healthcare ... program management, will showcase a range of technology and learning solutions at the ... Convention and Expo to be held October 14–18, 2017 at the Mandalay Bay ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... ... The American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI) will present the 2017 Morris F. ... AMIA’s Annual Symposium in Washington, D.C. AMIA’s Annual Symposium is taking place ... the field of medical informatics, this prestigious award is presented to an individual whose ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/2/2017)... -- Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. (NYSE: DPLO ) ... , and named its founder as Diplomat,s chief information ... Tennessee , will operate under Diplomat subsidiary Envoy ... for health care partners to include IT outsourcing, consulting, ... "In an interoperable world, technology delivers comprehensive insight and ...
(Date:10/2/2017)... Denmark , Oct. 2, 2017 The Rebound ... in the struggle to reverse the tide of prescription drug ... for regulating their medicine intake and stepping down their dosage ... set to launch in December 2017; the first 100,000 people ... Learn more at http://www.rebound-solution.com/ ...
(Date:9/27/2017)... and NEW YORK , Sept. 27, 2017  DarioHealth ... and big data solutions, today announced that its MyDario product is expected ... local TV listings for when The Dr. Oz Show airs in your ... The nine-time Emmy ... ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: