Huntington's disease and cancer
Sat, 12th May 2012
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A paper from Swedish researchers in this monthís edition of the Lancet Oncology shows that people with Huntingtonís disease and other similar conditions have a lower risk of developing cancer than the general population. Certain neurodegenerative diseases like Huntingtonís are caused by gene faults that lead to an excessive buildup of specific proteins in nerve cells. At the moment itís not clear exactly how this leads to a reduced risk of cancer, but the scientists hope it could shed light on some of the molecular pathways that underpin the disease and even potentially lead to ways to prevent the disease in the future.
Ji, J, et al. Cancer incidence in patients with polyglutamine diseases: a population-based study in Sweden. Lancet Oncol doi:10.1016/S1470-2045(12)70132-8