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Jan 30, 2006

Cancer Mortality And High White Cell Count

Cancer Mortality And High White Cell Count
What's the link between high white cell (WBC) count and increased mortality? A new study suggests that individuals with high white blood cell counts have a higher risk of death from all types of cancer. These results are from a recent , large multi-center study that is published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

Dr. Anoop Shankar of the National University of Singapore and colleagues conducted a study of 3,189 subjects in the Blue Mountains region, west of Sydney, Australia. The subjects were between 49 and 84 years old and free of cancer at study enrollment between January 1992 and December 1994. Vital status was assessed for all subjects as of December 31, 2001.

"Higher WBC count was found to be associated with all cancer mortality," the investigators report. Subjects with the highest WBC counts had a 73% higher risk of cancer death compared with those with the lowest counts. An increase in WBCs can indicate a variety of problems including infection, an allergic reaction or leukemia.

The association between high WBC count and cancer was lower among aspirin users, suggesting a possible protective effect.

Janet      



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Cancer blog: I manage the cancer blog with lots of help and support form other bloggers. Through this cancer blog my friends and I try to bring stories of hope for patients with cancer. The cancer blog often republishes important blog posts from other cancer related blogs at Medicineworld.org. If you are searching for a blog that covers wide variety of cancer topics, this may be the one for you.

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Colon cancer blog: Colon cancer blog is run by Sue and other bloggers. Sue brings a personal touch to the colon cancer blog since her mother died of colon cancer few years ago. She writes about stories, research news and advances in treatment related to colon cancer.

Prostate cancer blog: Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among American men. American Cancer Society estimates that over 230,000 new cases of prostate cancer occur in the United state every year. This important blog about prostate cancer is run by Mark and other bloggers. This blog brings news, stories, and other personal observations related to prostate cancer.

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Cancer
Cancer is a very common disease, approximately one out of every two American men and one out of every three American women will have some type of cancer at some point during the course of their life. Cancer is more common in the elderly and 77 percent of cancers occur in people above age 55 or older. Cancer is also common in children. Cancer incidence is said to have two peaks once during early childhood and then during late years in life. No age period is completely exempted from development of cancers. Some cancers occur predominantly in the elderly, other types occur in children, Cancer occurs in all ethnic races, however the cancer rates and rates of specific cancer types may vary from group to group. Late stages of cancer may be incurable in most cases, but with the advancement of medicine, more and more cancers are becoming curable.

Cancer blog: Cancer Mortality And High White Cell Count

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