Association between Early Cataracts & Cancer

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Association Between Early Cataracts & Cancer Early Cataracts May Indicate Cancer Risk

We have known that the early onset of cataracts is linked to insufficient antioxidative activity in one’s metabolism. We also know that insufficient antioxidative activity is a risk factor for developing cancer. Researchers investigated whether there was 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 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.

If you or someone you know is concerned about early cataract development and risk of cancer or needs a regular eye exam where do a routine cataract screening and exam, please share this information with them and ask them to call Eyecare Medical Group, 53 Sewall Street, Portland, Maine 04102 at 888-374-2020, visit Eyecare Medical Group or facebook.com/eyecaremedicalgroup to schedule an appointment.