Authors: Zoe Campbell (Future Science Group)
As a lifelong disease, multiple sclerosis (MS) is one of the most common causes of disability in younger adults; those with MS have, on average, a 7-year shorter life expectancy. In the first of its kind, a 65-year follow-up study has compared the risks of developing cancer between MS patients, their siblings and the general population.
The study found that the patients with MS are generally more likely to develop cancer. With a 14% overall increase in likelihood of developing cancer, there is a particularly high risk for cancers in the respiratory organs, urinary organs and the CNS. These results have been presented at the 5th European Academy of Neurology Congress (EAN; 29 June–2 July 2019, Oslo, Norway).