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January 08, 2011

TB patients more prone to lung cancer!

TAIWAN: A recent study pertaining to tuberculosis linking with lung cancer is revealed. The study has provided compelling evidence of increased lung cancer risk among people with tuberculosis. Scientists at China Medical University & Hospital in Taiwan randomly selected 1 million patients covered under the country's National Health Insurance program.

The study was published in the January issue of the Journal of Thoracic Oncology. All patients aged 20 years & older with a new diagnosis of tuberculosis between 1998 & 2000 were identified as the exposed cohort & all people without tuberculosis history were the non-exposed cohort. Patients with any cancer diagnosis were excluded to ensure that all participants were cancer-free at the start of both cohorts. 

Overall, 716,872 adults were eligible for the analysis - 4,480 in the tuberculosis cohort & 712,392 in the non-tuberculosis cohort. Both groups were followed from 2001 through 2007. Results showed that patients with tuberculosis were 10.9 times more likely than non-tuberculosis patients to develop lung cancer. Mortality was also much higher in the patients with tuberculosis than in the non-tuberculosis patients. Click & Promote this post!

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