Have arthritis? Maybe you should read this:

RA Patients at Higher Risk of Lymphoma
By Nancy Walsh, Contributing Writer, MedPage Today
Published: May 06, 2010

Patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are at increased risk for malignant lymphoma, which appears to be a consequence of their disease or its treatment and not because of shared risk factors, a large Swedish study showed.

During the ten years that followed a diagnosis of RA, patients had an overall hazard ratio for lymphoma of 1.75 (95% CI 1.04 to 2.96, P<0.05), according to Karin Hellgren, MD, of Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm, and colleagues.In addition, between years six and 10 postdiagnosis, the relative risk rose to 3.48 (95% CI 1.39 to 8.72, P<0.05), the researchers reported in the May issue of Arthritis & Rheumatism.Various studies have demonstrated that patients with established RA have a heightened risk for lymphoma, and particularly those with the most severe arthritis
Read this MedPage Today article in it’s entirety by going to: Patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are at increased risk for malignant lymphoma

If you think about it, this makes sense. After all, arthritis is a disease of your immune system, too. The percentage increase seems pretty low, so don’t lose any sleep over it–you may just want to mention this study to your doctor. Feel good and keep smiling! Pat & Pattie

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