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Paradox: Asthma Resists Lethal Prostate Cancer

Paradox: Asthma Resists Lethal Prostate Cancer

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Asthma often is considered to be a disease of chronic inflammation, particularly Th2 inflammation. Cancer often is thought of as mediated by Th2 inflammation. So the incidence of prostate cancer might be expected to be higher in patients with asthma.

But, surprisingly, lethal prostate cancer is less likely to develop in patients with asthma, according to a large study of men who completed questionnaires and allowed scientists to review their medical records.1

How did this paradoxical result come about? Let’s explore with some important questions.

 

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