Lupus In Color
11th Annual Flight of the Butterflies
Spreading Lupus Awareness One Butterfly at a time
Let this butterfly flutter all over cyberspace!
May 23- Lupus Fact
Lupus can increase the risk of certain types of cancer, including lymphoma and skin cancer. The relationship between lupus and cancer is very complex. There is a higher risk for some cancers, a lower risk for others, and even some lupus medications can increase the risks.
New research published in Arthritis Research & Therapy evaluates the link between lupus and cancer risk, supporting the data from earlier studies. The study entitled, The risks of cancer development in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients: a systematic review and meta-analysis, (https://arthritis-research.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13075-018-1760-3 ) indicates an association between SLE and increased risk for several cancers (blood, gastrointestinal and lung), decreased risk for prostate cancer and cutaneous melanoma, and no effect on some others. The 16 cancer types linked to lupus include non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, leukemia, multiple myeloma, cervix, vagina/vulva, renal, bladder, esophagus, gastric, hepatobiliary, lung, oropharynx, larynx, non-melanoma skin, and thyroid cancers. The cancer risk is found in both genders; for some cancers, the increase in risk is small, others more significant. This should remind people living with lupus to be mindful of their health, but there is no cause for alarm. People with lupus should focus on eliminating known lifestyle risks for cancer, such as alcohol and smoking.(Source: Lupus Foundation of America)
This is your twenty-third Butterfly of Hope.
We need awareness! We need a cure!
Encourage everyone you know to let it FLY!
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