Psoriasis May Increase Susceptibility to Cancer

The study presented at the American Academy of Dermatology meeting evaluated some of the risk factors associated with the skin disease and it's treatment and the incidence of melanoma and lymphoma.

Malignancy rates in patients with psoriasis outstrip those in the general population, based on data from a retrospective analysis of commercial claims.

Rates for all cancers were similar among patients undergoing different psoriasis treatments, with the exception of nonmelanoma skin cancer and lymphoma.

Rates for these two cancers were more variable across treatment groups, but were still above those in the general public, Dr. Alexa B. Kimball reported at the American Academy of Dermatology summer meeting.

The increased cancer risk may be associated with chronic inflammation, a hallmark of psoriasis, and exposure to some psoriasis therapies such as phototherapy with psoralen plus ultraviolet, cyclosporine, and methotrexate, she noted in the study’s background information.

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Source: Oncology Practice