Another Link: Childhood Allergies

I may stop - I may stop writing about these research studies linking this & that with lymphoma. Should I? Click the "Comments" link below to voice your opinion.

Now a Swedish team of researchers followed 16,539 twins for 31 years. Those that had childhood eczema (skin rash) were at higher risk of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Read more about this link here

For tomorrow I'll troll the Net for a good nugget :^)

Women and Lymphoma Risk Studies

A recent study in the American Journal of Epidemiology looked at the lymphoma risk of women based on when they received their first period and by how many children they have. The envelope please:

- Women with at least four pregnancies during their lifetime were 40% less likely to develop NHL than were women without children. Moreover, the risk of NHL appeared to fall as pregnancy number increased.

Fruits & Veggies Lower Non-Hodgkin's Risk

Reported today: Eating fruit and vegetables, especially green leaves and broccoli, helps reduce the risk of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. It's well known that fruit and vegetables can help reduce the risk of cancer. A study from the National Cancer Institute reveals an even more specific link. The researchers looked at the dietary intake of fruit and veg among a group of more than 450 men and women with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL), comparing them with a group of healthy controls.

Hepatitis C Virus Linked to Non-Hodgkins

Patients infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) are six times as likely to develop non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) than individuals that are virus free, according to research presented today at the Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research meeting.
HCV infected patients have a seventeen fold higher risk for developing diffuse large B-Cell lymphoma, researchers from British Columbia documented. Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma is the most common variety of NHL, comprising approximately 30 percent of all NHL patients.

Remicade & Lymphoma

There has been alot in the press lately on the increased risk of contracting lymphoma after taking the drug Remicade (infliximab), used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn's Disease. Numbers reported have varied but the risk seems to be 3 to 7 times greater risk than a person not taking the drug.

With the big flap over the withdrawl of Vioxx from the US market and the lawsuits that will follow, this may spill over into the Remicade arena. For now, they are just putting out stronger warnings for both patients & doctors.


Another article in the US Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Vol. 97, No. 3, 199-209, February 2, 2005 notes that a history of high UV exposure was associated with reduced risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The positive association between skin cancer and malignant lymphomas is, therefore, unlikely to be mediated by UV exposure.

Still, watch yourself out there - chemo CAN make your skin light sensitive (ask your doc).