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Family history of cancer increases the risk of asthma

Genetic components play a role in the development of cancer. An American research team found a link between certain genetic factors that increase the risk of cancer within a family, while increasing the likelihood that the baby will develop childhood asthma.

Researchers from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) have shown a link between a family history of cancer and childhood asthma in a recent study. His findings were recently presented by the team at the ACAAI Annual Scientific Meeting 2019 in Houston.

Connection between cancer and asthma discovered

Both cancer and asthma are widespread diseases. That there is a connection between these two diseases, the ACAAI researchers found recently. "We used data from the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) from 2012 to 2016 to track information about children diagnosed with asthma," said immunology and allergy specialist Sairaman Nagarajan, who is also the lead author of the study ,

20 percent more asthma cases

"Of the more than 57,000 children whose information we examined, more than 20 percent of those with a family history of cancer had an asthma diagnosis," said Nagarajan. These results reflect the entire US population due to the large number of respondents and are therefore significant for the whole of America.

Do the results also count for Germany?

Whether the same connection exists in Germany has not been investigated. If it is indeed a genetic link between the two diseases, then the same facts, however, are likely in Germany.

Inform pediatrician

"If a parent knows that there is a family history of cancer, it should be reported to the pediatrician or the allergist," says Nagarajan. Thus, special attention could be paid to an asthma screening. (Vb)


Graduate editor (FH) Volker Blasek


  • American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI): Family history of cancer associated with asthma diagnosis in children (Available on: 08.11.2019),

. (tagsToTranslate) cancer (t) asthma (t) history of cancer (t) family history (t) genetics

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