According to our best estimates, about 15.5 million Americans have had cancer at some point in their life, and about as many as 60 million Americans have an autoimmune disease. That means nearly all of us will eventually be impacted by these conditions—whether we ourselves get a diagnosis, or someone close to us does. And, that makes it extra important to understand the intricate (and under-discussed!) relationship between cancer and autoimmune disease. That’s right: along with being unfortunately common, these two forms of disease have direct biological links with each other!
In a nutshell, autoimmune disease and cancer both arise from dysfunctions of the immune system—but those dysfunctions are extremely different! Autoimmunity occurs when the body mistakenly attacks itself, launching an immune response against self-antigens that aren’t actually harmful. Cancer occurs when the body’s mechanisms for controlling cell growth and death malfunction, preventing old cells from dying and allowing them to proliferate out of control. Despite the dramatic differences in their underlying mechanisms, for many years, researchers have observed that certain autoimmune diseases are positively or negatively associated with certain cancers. For example, Crohn’s disease comes with a higher risk of several gastrointestinal cancers, while multiple sclerosis appears to reduce the risk of gastrointestinal cancers. These types of links are repeated across multiple studies, are often highly statistically significant, and involve a huge range of both autoimmune diseases and cancer types. What’s going on here?!
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