Study Emphasizes Need for Proactive Cancer Screening in People with Lupus
A new study affirms the known association between systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and increased risk for certain cancers, emphasizing the importance of cancer screening programs as part of treatment for those with SLE. As previously reported by the Lupus Foundation of America, this is a reminder to people living with lupus to be mindful of their health, but there is no cause for alarm.
The Korean study compared cancer development data of people with SLE to the general population. The researchers found people with SLE had higher odds for developing cervical, thyroid, ovarian, and oral cancer, as well as lymphoma, leukemia, and multiple myeloma. Additionally, men with SLE and those younger than 40 years old showed the highest lymphoma risk.