Having Skin Cancer Could Lower Alzheimer's Risk
(Ivanhoe Newswire) - Researchers from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY, have found that people who have skin cancer are 80 percent less likely to develop Alzheimer's disease than those who do not have skin cancer.
The study followed 1,102 people over an average of 3.7 years each. Lead study author, Richard B. Lipton, MD, found that during this period 32 participants developed skin cancer and 126 developed dementia. One hundred of these people also developed Alzheimer's disease. Of the 141 participants with skin cancer, only two developed Alzheimer's disease.
"One possible explanation could be physical activity," Dr. Lipton was quoted as saying. "Physical activity is known to protect against dementia, and outdoor activity could increase exposure to UV radiation, which increases the risk of skin cancer."
For more information, got to: http://www.einstein.yu.edu/news/releases/905/skin-cancer-linked-to-reduced-risk-for-alzheimers-disease/
SOURCE: American Academy of Neurology, May 2013