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Neurology. 2005 Mar 8;64(5):895-8.

Alzheimer disease and cancer.

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Division of Biostatistics, Washington University School of Medicine, 660 South Euclid Avenue, Box 8067, St. Louis, MO 63110, USA.


Cross-sectional studies raise the possibility of protective relationships between, or a common mechanism underlying, the development of dementia of the Alzheimer type (DAT) and cancer. Using a prospective longitudinal design, the authors found that the risk of developing cancer is less among participants with DAT vs nondemented participants (p < 0.001) and that the risk of developing DAT may be less for participants with a history of cancer (p = 0.060).

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