Posts Tagged "skin allergies"

Skin Allergies May Protect Against Cancer

Posted on Sep 14, 2011 in Cancer

By Salynn Boyles There may be an upside to contact skin allergies. New research suggests that people who develop itchy rashes when their skin comes into contact with certain metals or chemicals have a lower risk for certain cancers. Investigators say the findings support the idea that allergies may trigger the immune system to kill cancer cells before they do damage — a theory known as the immunosurveillance hypothesis. Contact Allergies and Cancer Contact allergies are delayed reactions to metals like nickel or cobalt or to chemicals, such as those found in plants such as poison ivy...

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