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New study suggests link between prostate cancer and Parkinson’s

8th April 2011

A new study from the US has uncovered a possible link between Parkinson's disease and an increased risk of prostate cancer and melanoma.

Scientists from the University of Utah have explored the relationship between the conditions using data from the Utah Population Database, which contains birth and death data for more than 2.2 million individuals from the area.

The team studied data from 3,000 individuals who died of Parkinson's disease with at least three generations of genealogical data, finding that the risk of prostate cancer and melanoma was higher than expected in this group.

Moreover, it was shown that first, second and third-degree relatives of these individuals shared this elevated cancer risk.

Dr Lisa Cannon-Albright, co-author of the report, said this was indicative of underlying pathophysiologic changes that are common between the conditions.

"Exploring the precise genetic links among these diseases could improve our understanding of Parkinson's disease and influence strategies for prostate and skin cancer screening," she added.

This comes after a study was published in the journal Cancer Research earlier this month, showing a possible new way of diagnosing prostate cancer using non-tumour tissue.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-800493082-ADNFCR

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