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Huntington's 'protects' against cancer

12th April 2012

The charity Cancer Research UK has welcomed research findings that suggest people with the debilitating brain condition Huntington’s disease may have a “protection” from cancer.

Writing in The Lancet Oncology, a team from the Center for Primary Health Care Research at Lund University in Sweden, analysed almost 40 years of medical records and discovered that patients with Huntington’s had half the normal expected risk of developing tumours. Cancer Research UK said the findings presented another avenue to explore in tackling cancer.


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Thursday 12th April 2012 @ 16:30

I have worked in a Huntington care facility as an Registered Nurse. To be honest with you, I would accept cancer of any kind as a diagnosis over Huntington's. With new technology, cancer is not "the mark of death" that it was when I was a child. If we don't allocate some funds into Huntington's research, it will remain a prolonged tragic death.

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