Link between Parkinson's and melanoma - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/17/09

Link between Parkinson's and melanoma

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - According to a new study led by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health and presented at the American Academy of Neurology's annual meeting in Seattle, there appears to be a link between melanoma and Parkinson's disease.  

Researchers looked at about 157,000 people, none of whom had Parkinson's disease at the beginning of the research project.  After 15 to 20-years of follow-up, doctors found that those with a family history of melanoma were nearly twice as likely to develop Parkinson's disease the people with no family history of the skin cancer.

It's unclear why this relationship seems to exist but researchers think the answer could lie in similar genetic components.  Previous research has shown that people with Parkinson's disease have a greater risk of developing melanoma.

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