The Link Between Allergies And Blood Cancer – Part 2 of 2
The reason for this is unknown but may have something to do with the effects of hormones, according to the authors of the study in the December culmination of the American Journal of Hematology. “To the best of our knowledge, ours is the first study to suggest important gender differences in the association between allergies and blood cancers ,” wrote study first architect Dr Mazyar Shadman, a senior fellow in the clinical research division at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. Shadman noted that there is great scientific interest in the immune system’s unrealized role in cancer development.
So “If your immune system is over-reactive, then you have problems; if it’s under-reactive, you’re going to have problems. Increasing evidence indicates that dysregulation of the immune system, such as you secure in allergic and autoimmune disorders, can affect survival of cells in developing tumors,” Shadman said in a news release from the center. While the study found an association between pollen allergies and blood cancers mid women, it did not prove cause-and-effect. More information The US National Cancer Institute has more about leukemia.