Tuesday, 4 September 2007

Lung cancer tied to knee arthritis

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Isn't it a little odd to see arthritis being tied to lung cancer? That is precisely what a new research report has stated, though. The correlation between arthritis of the knee and initial signs of lung cancer in heavy smokers made up the conclusion of a new report yet to be published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.

Monoarthritis -- inflammation in just one knee joint -- was found to be the first sign of non-small lung cancer in a group of patients that were studied. The interesting thing here is that all those lung cancer cases were completely undiagnosed before each knee arthritis case was examined.

The good news is that the lung cancer in most of these men who were studied (all of which had been heavy smokers) were in the operable stage -- and when the cancerous tissue had been removed from each patient, knee arthritis problems subsided. Interesting connection, yes?

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