Alzheimer’s May Stave Off Cancer, and Vice Versa

Amanda Gardner reports in Business Week:

Researchers have uncovered a bittersweet relationship between two major illnesses: cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.

People who have had cancer are less likely to get Alzheimer’s disease, just as having Alzheimer’s disease reduces the risk for cancer, their study found.

“Alzheimer’s was associated with a rather dramatic reduction in cancer risk,” said Dr. Richard Lipton, an attending neurologist at Montefiore Medical Center and professor of neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. “From my perspective, the strengths of the findings are very striking and somewhat unexpected.”

There was no link between Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia, however, suggesting that the association has to do with neurodegenerative factors. Vascular dementia is attributed to damage to the brain’s blood supply…

[continues in Business Week]

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  • emperorreagan

    Of the two options, I'd rather have cancer.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/PDDVWRQVUPMKRGHURIEQVNYWHQ Sean

    I'd rather suffer the most painful death possible than slip away and lose who I am to any form of mental degradation, lose of human dignity and self reliance is the worst possible end.

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