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Research Indicates No Special Cancer Risk Seen with Sarcoidosis

There have been speculations linking Sarcoidosis to the risk cancer. However, research carried out to investigate this speculation indicates no special cancer risk seen with sarcoidosis. A research carried out in 2017 by the University of Miami to investigate the relationship between Sarcoidosis and breast cancer indicated increased risk of Sarcoidosis onset in breast cancer patients.

Sarcoidosis has been linked to high levels of malignancies. It manifests itself on the affected body parts in form of small lumps known as granulomas. Sarcoidosis is not cancer and neither are the growths cancerous. Its manifestation in form of small lumps is one of the reasons making people link it to cancer.

Facts about Sarcoidosis

  • Sarcoidosis is a chronic disease that affects multiple organs including the skin, eyes and joints. In 95% of sarcoidosis cases, the lungs are most affected.
  • The exact cause of Sarcoidosis is not clear. Factors such as genetics, environment, individual lifestyle and low immunity have been linked to the disease. However, doctors and researchers are not clear on the exact cause of the disease.
  • In extreme cases, sarcoidosis can become fatal if it causes extensive damage on vital organs such as the lungs, brain, and heart.
  • Sarcoidosis symptoms are similar to those of many other illnesses, making it difficult to diagnose. They may range from mild, moderate to severe and in some cases absent. These symptoms include fatigue, fever, weight loss, joint pain, shortness of breath and persistent coughing. The symptoms may also vary depending on the part of the body affected.
  • Sarcoidosis prevention. Because the exact cause of the disease is difficult to establish, prevention measures are unknown.

So far, there’s no special cancer risk seen with sarcoidosis. While the disease manifests itself as small tumors on the affected parts, the tumors are noncancerous. The Miami University research suggested that breast cancer predisposed patients to sarcoidosis but, the disease didn’t lead to breast cancer.


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