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Allergy Sufferers Less Likely to Get Brain Cancer

Allergies are pesky, annoying conditions that impact millions of Americans each day. While there hasn’t been any new breakthrough in dealing with the various types of allergies, a new report suggests that there may be an upside to being a sufferer – you’re less likely to get brain cancer.

According to a new report that will appear in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, people who suffer from allergies have more alert immune systems. As a result, apparently, they are less likely to develop hard-to-cure variations of brain cancer.

After studying the most common type of adult brain tumor, gliomas, researchers published conflicting studies on whether people with allergies and other autoimmune disorders were at a lower risk of developing tumors.

Gliomas, of course, is what led to the untimely death of Senator Edward Kenny. It is a form of cancer that accounts for more than half of the 18,000 malignant brain cancers diagnosed in America  every year.

For the purpose of this study, surveys filled out by 419 patients with gliomas were utilized. Along with that group, 612 cancer-free patients from North Carolina and Illinois were also asked to participate. In order to be part of the research, the people being surveyed had to tell doctors if they were diagnosed with any type of allergies, and whether they took antihistamines.

As per their analysis, researchers found that patients with high and low grade tumors were far more likely to report having no allergies than other patients. And on the flip side, people with more allergies had lesser odds of having gliomas.

Based on their findings, the specialists involved deduced that overactive immune systems that cause allergies, also help systems fight off cancer.

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