Atopic eczema ups risk of lymphoma

Does atopic eczema affect the risk of cancer? It’s a question that has been the subject of much controversy over many years. Does the increased immune surveillance associated with atopic eczema decrease cancer risk? Or does the increased immune stimulation associated with the world’s most common inflammatory skin condition increase the risk of cancer?

Well, according to findings from two large cohort studies from England and Denmark, the answer appears to be a lot clearer.

“In this study, no evidence was found that people with atopic eczema are at increased risk of most cancers”, the researchers wrote in the most recent issue of JAMA Dermatology.

However, before everyone gets too comfortable, the study uncovered one significant exception – lymphoma.

“An exception is the observed association between atopic eczema and lymphoma, particularly [non-Hodgkin lymphoma], that ...


JAMA Dermatol. Published online June 24, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2020.1948

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