A family history of cancer increases your risk of asthma
Genetic components play a role in cancer development. An American research team has found a link between certain genetic factors that increase the risk of family cancer and at the same time increase the likelihood of children developing asthma.
In a recent study, researchers from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) found a link between a family history of cancer and childhood asthma. His findings were recently presented by the team at the ACAAI 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting in Houston.
A link has been found between cancer and asthma
Both cancer and asthma are widespread diseases. ACAAI researchers have recently found that there is a link between the two diseases. "We used the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) data from 2012-2016 to track information about children diagnosed with asthma," said immunology and allergy specialist Sairaman Nagarajan, who is also the main author of the study,
20 percent more asthma cases
"Of the more than 57,000 children whose information we examined, over 20 percent of those with a family history of cancer were diagnosed with asthma," Nagarajan said. These results reflect the entire US population due to the large number of respondents and are therefore significant for the whole of America.
Do the results also count for Germany?
Whether the same connection exists in Germany has not been examined. If this is indeed the genetic link between the two diseases, however, the same facts are likely in Germany.
Tell the pediatrician
"If a parent knows that the family has had cancer, it should be reported to a pediatrician or allergist," says Nagarajan. Therefore, special attention should be paid to asthma screening. (Vb)
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- American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI): a family history of cancer related to the diagnosis of asthma in children (available: 08.11.2019), acaai.org