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A 25-year-old female asked:

If you have a auto immune disease such as sjogrens, does that mean your immune system is suppressed? effecting your body ability to fight off cancer?

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
A Verified Doctoranswered
Rheumatology 53 years experience
To an extent: The major risk with sjogren's is an increased chance of developing a type of lymphoma.
Dr. Christopher Wright
A Verified Doctoranswered
13 years experience
Disordered immunity: The problem in most autoimmune disorders is not immune suppression, but immune confusion. Instead of just fighting invading organisms, your immune system also attacks your normal tissues, and this immune response is what causes inflammation and symptoms of the disease. With prolonged chronic immune stimulation, some of the cells may begin to reproduce uncontrollably, causing cancers like lymphoma.

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Last updated May 30, 2013

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