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Family History of Skin Cancer Linked to Parkinson’s

A new study suggests people with a family history of melanoma may have a greater risk of developing Parkinson’s disease.

The study involved nearly 157,000 people who did not have Parkinson’s disease. They were asked if their parents or siblings had been diagnosed with melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.

Researchers then traced their progress for a period of 14 to 20 years. During that time, 616 of the people were diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

Researchers found that people with a reported family history of melanoma were nearly twice as likely to develop Parkinson’s as people with no family history.

“The results from this study suggest that melanoma and Parkinson’s could share common genetic components,” said study author Xiang Gao, MD, Ph.D, of the Harvard University School of Public Health in Boston, Mass.

“More research needs to be done to examine the relationship between these two diseases.”

Other studies have shown that people with Parkinson’s disease have a greater risk of developing melanoma.

The finding will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 61st Annual Meeting in Seattle, April 25 to May 2, 2009.

Source: American Academy of Neurology

Family History of Skin Cancer Linked to Parkinson’s

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2015). Family History of Skin Cancer Linked to Parkinson’s. Psych Central. Retrieved on June 25, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/news/2009/02/17/family-history-of-skin-cancer-linked-to-parkinsons/4164.html

 

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