Fewer Alzheimer’s Diagnoses Seen in Cancer Patients Likely Result of Shorter Life Spans, Study Says

Fewer Alzheimer’s Diagnoses Seen in Cancer Patients Likely Result of Shorter Life Spans, Study Says
Studies suggesting that a cancer diagnosis reduces the risk of Alzheimer's disease (AD), possibly through a biological mechanism that triggers cancer and prevents AD, may be somewhat irrelevant, researchers said, pointing to data showing that pancreatic cancer patients usually don't live long enough to develop Alzheimer's. The study, "Is Cancer Protective for Subsequent Alzheimer's Disease Risk? Evidence from The Utah Population Database," was published in The Journals of Gerontology Series b. "Diagnosis of age-related diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease, depends on someone surviving to an age when disease onset can occur," Heidi Hanson, PhD, MS, the study's lead author, a Huntsman Cancer Institute research associate and research assistant professor of family and preventive medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine, said in a press release. The research team led by Dr. Hanson compared pancreatic cancer patients with the cancer-free population to find that as the cancer-free population aged from 75 to 89, the rate of Alzheimer's diagnosis increased from 2.5 to 7.5 percent, but it remained constant in pancreatic cancer patients, with only 2 percent being diagnosed with AD. Pancreatic cancer deaths are the highest among people between 75 and 84 years of age, with a median age at death of 73 years. This is the same age at which AD is usually diagnosed. Ken Smith,
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  1. Michelle says:

    My mother has been in remission of pancreatic cancer for 15 years, but has recently had the cancer return as she suffering from Alzheimer’s type dementia. My question is will the cancer cause the stages of dementia to progress faster??

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