|A study shows a link between contact|
allergies and a lower risk of cancer.
Scientists in Denmark have studied environmental allergens that cause contact allergies in adults, including nickel and other chemicals, and the study’s lead author Kaare Engkilde of the National Allergy Research Center at Copenhagen University Hospital Gentofte concluded that those who tested positive for such allergies were less likely to develop cancer years later than those who did not have contact allergies.
The study recorded cancer rates over multiple decades and the positive effect of the contact allergies against cancer was strongest for breast and skin cancer that weren't due to melanoma.
Far-fetched connection between allergies and cancer?
According to the researchers, a growing body of evidence suggests that our bodies may have natural defenses against cancer, attacking the first signs of tumors much the way we target invading viruses or bacteria.
Since allergic reactions are essentially heightened immune responses to often benign compounds, such as dust or nickel or other agents, people with allergies might already be primed for any foreign intruders, including tumors.
While the finding is worthy of further study, Engkilde says it's only the first step in better exposing how the immune system might be influencing the cancer process.
Source: Time Healthland.
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