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A 20-year-old member asked:

Are people with lupus more likely to develop cancer?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
No: Lupus is not associated with cancer. It is autoimmune disease.
Dr. Pierre Moeser
Specializes in Rheumatology
Yes, new data: New data shows an increased risk of several malignancies especially non-hodgkins lymphoma in patients with lupus. However, the skin lesions of lupus do not turn into cancer which is often a concern for patients.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

How do people develop cancer?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Multistep process: Cancer cells grow without being subject to the usual regulation that controls the growth of normal cells. People have different genetic susceptibility to cancer. Cancer is a multistage process that may be initiated by environmental factors, e.g. Smoking, drinking, pollutants in air and water, hormones in the body, radiation, infections etc. Lack of immune response allows cancer to progress.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Am i more likely to get cancer than other people?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Do you smoke?: This is the overriding factor that will make you more likely to get cancer than the next person. Other factors you can control are sun exposure and hpv; if diet is actually a risk, scientists have had much more difficulty demonstrating it. A few genetic cancer syndromes are known; your physician can advise you. The key is early detection no matter what you risk to save your life.

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