Women With Allergies May Have Increased Blood Cancer Risk, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Study

Published: Nov 25, 2013

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A team of scientists looking into the interplay of the immune system and cancer have found a link between a history of airborne allergies – in particular to plants, grass and trees – with risk of blood cancers in women. Notably, the study did not find the same association in men, which suggests a possible gender-specific role in chronic stimulation of the immune system that may lead to the development of hematologic cancers. The findings are published online ahead of the December print issue of the American Journal of Hematology.

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