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Risk of Prostate Cancer and Melanoma is High in Parkinson’s Disease Patients

Researchers from the School of Medicine, University of Utah have found evidence that patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease are at increased risk of developing skin cancer melanoma and prostate cancer. The risk is also associated with the immediate family members of these patients.

The results of the study will be presented in the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) 2011 Annual Meeting in Honolulu.

The study findings were arrived at by examining the genes of 2.2 million people of the Utah city. The experts wanted to find the link between the disease and types of cancer.

The assumptions of the study were found to be true in patients of the neurological disorder and their second and third order relatives too. A genetic link between Parkinson’s disease and melanoma and prostate cancer is thus established by this research effort.

As a part of further study on these findings, the researchers would be placing their efforts on understanding the mechanism behind the genetic link.

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