There is a current debate about whether or not there is a link between psoriasis, or psoriasis treatments, and certain cancers.
Some studies have also identified psoriasis as being a risk factor for several other diseases, including psoriatic arthritis. Despite these findings, more research is needed to determine the exact correlation between psoriasis and cancer.
Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune disease that causes the skin to reproduce more rapidly than usual. The abnormal growth causes red, scaly patches to form on the surface.
In this article, we explore psoriasis and its potential link to cancer.
Is psoriasis linked to cancer?
Though more research is needed, there appears to be some connection between psoriasis and an increased risk of cancer in some people.
Researchers are debating whether it is psoriasis itself or common psoriasis treatments, such as immune-suppressing medications and UV treatments, that may increase a person’s risk of cancer.
For example, a study published in 2016 concluded that, though small, the chances of developing cancers increased due to a person having psoriasis.
According to this study, people with psoriasis were at a slightly higher risk of developing lymphoma, lung cancer, and nonmelanoma skin cancer.
The researchers did not find a connection between psoriasis and colon cancer, prostate cancer, breast cancer, or leukemia.
The study says people’s exposure to treatments such as UV therapy and the use of immunosuppressive drugs could be linked to the cancer occurrence.
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