Having MS May Impact Cancer Screening, Diagnosis

THURSDAY, April 28, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- For individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS) and cancer, breast cancers are less likely to be detected through screening and colorectal cancer is more likely to be detected at an early stage, according to a study published online April 28 in Neurology.

Patti A. Groome, Ph.D., from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, and colleagues compared the diagnostic route, cancer stage, and diagnostic interval among 351 patients with MS and breast cancer, 1,404 matched patients with breast cancer without MS, 54 patients with MS and colorectal cancer, and 216 matched patients with colorectal cancer without MS.

The researchers found that MS was associated with reduced odds of screen-detected cancers in breast cancer (odds ratio, 0.68; 95 percent confidence interval, 0.52 to 0.88) and possibly colorectal cancer (odds ratio, 0.52; 95 percent confidence interval, 0.21 to 1.28). There was no association observed for MS with differences in breast cancer stage at diagnosis (stage I cancer: odds ratio, 0.81; 95 percent confidence interval, 0.64 to 1.04), but there was an association for MS with increased odds of stage I colorectal cancer (odds ratio, 2.11; 95 percent confidence interval, 1.03 to 4.30). There was no difference seen in the median length of diagnostic interval between those with and without MS. Some findings were attenuated with adjustment for disability status.

"In the context of improved outcomes and increasing life expectancy for patients with MS, comprehensive health care that includes attention to their risk of other chronic diseases and the quality of care for those diseases needs to be ensured," the authors write.

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I was diagnosed in 1996, before symptoms started. I am a pianist, suddenly unable to open my hands wide enough to get 8 keys. Nobody in my family had MS, nor my grandparents. Last year a cousin younger than me had MS, she is 40. I have primary progressive MS. I do not walk for the last 18 years, I was born in 1962. I have had 6 strokes and 1 heart attack.The Rebif (beta-1a) did very little to help me. The medical team did even less. After roughly five unending years of trauma in the family my MS developed into progressive. There have been many changes in the last 3 to 4 years. Many falls, many fractured bones, and three moves all in five years. I have gone downhill. Considerably. We tried every shot available but nothing was working. There has been little if any progress in finding a reliable treatment for Multiple Sclerosis, My care provider Dr Miller introduced me to Kycuyu Health Clinic & their MS herbal treatment. The treatment is a miracle!

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