We know that that early cataract development occurs because of insufficient antioxidative activity in one’s metabolism. Interestingly, insufficient antioxidative activity is also a known factor for increasing the risk of cancer. This begs the question as to whether there is an an association between the early onset of cataracts-in patients under 55 years old and the potential risk for developing cancer.
Research on Early Cataracts & Cancer Risk
Researchers reporting in the journal Cancer Science, the official journal of the Japanese Cancer Association investigated the risk of cancer after being diagnosed with early onset cataract. The researchers examined claims from the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database (NHIRD) of patients with early onset cataract, aged 20-55 and also compared it to a group of the same age range without cataracts. By using powerful statistical analysis they found that the overall incidence rate of all cancers was 2.19-fold higher in the early onset cataract group as compared to those without cataracts. Further they were able to analyze where these patients were at greatest risk of developing cancer and found head and neck areas highest, followed by liver cancer and then breast cancer. This study suggests that patients with early onset cataract are at an increased risk of being diagnosed with cancer in subsequent years.
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