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Parkinson’s Disease, Melanoma Linked

Men with the disease twice as likely to be diagnosed with the dangerous skin cancer

By Sarah Golin, My Health News Daily
Men with Parkinson’s disease are twice as likely as those without it to be diagnosed with melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, a new report suggests. And women with Parkinson’s were one-and-a-half times as likely to be diagnosed with the cancer as women without it.

The link between the two conditions may indicate an underlying trigger for both diseases, said the study author.

Further, the researchers found the link was “bidirectional,” meaning melanoma was more common in patients both before and after the onset of Parkinson’s.

“It is unlikely that one disease has caused the other, but there is shared risk factors for both,” said study researcher Dr. Honglei Chen, of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in Research Triangle Park, N.C. These factors could be environmental or genetic, he said.

The research will be published in the journal Neurology. Read more…


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