Juvenile arthritis makes cancer four times more likely

Mar 02, 2012

Arthritis in children makes cancer more likely.

Children who suffer from juvenile arthritis may also have a greater chance of developing cancer, according to research posted in medical journal Arthritis & Rheumatism. These children develop cancer four times more often than children without arthritis, which means this could be a time when children's life insurance is needed. Some believe the cancer could come from the medicine, but researchers seem to indicate otherwise.

"It is unlikely that the increase was caused by these medications alone," according to Timothy Beukelman, a professor of pediatrics and researcher at University of Alabama Birmingham. "At least part of this risk appears to be due to the disease itself."

The research does not exonerate all drugs, but Kenan Onel, a pediatric cancer researcher at University of Chicago, said the drugs are very effective for treating arthritis and carry a minimal risk for causing cancer. He said what isn't reassuring is that just by having juvenile arthritis, the chance of cancer sees a sizable increase and there isn't much that can be done about it at the moment.

People should invest in life insurance for their children if they have arthritis. This could be a good way to help pay for medical bills if the worst case scenario happens with regard to the child getting cancer.

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