Cancer Patients Less Likely to Get Alzheimer’s, Study Finds

“…common pathways exist between most cancers and Alzheimer’s disease, but these relationships do not appear to exist with other causes of dementia,” Galvin said.

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Risk for malignancy was also lower in seniors with Alzheimer’s, researchers report.

Gaining insight into two big health concerns, Italian researchers have found that seniors with cancer have a lower risk for Alzheimer’s disease and vice versa.

Studying more than 200,000 older adults in northern Italy, the research team concluded that cancer patients bear a 35 percent lower risk for developing Alzheimer’s, while people with Alzheimer’s have nearly half the risk of getting cancer compared to the general population.

The investigators suggested that the findings could help guide researchers toward better treatments for both illnesses over the long term.

“Practically, our results [indicated that] some genes that have been demonstrated to act in cancer growth and control might also be involved in the [development] of Alzheimer’s disease,” said study lead author Dr. Massimo Musicco, of the National Research Council of Italy’s Institute of Advanced Biomedical Technologies. “And this represents a…

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