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Cancer & a fatiguing illness in Northern Nevada–a causal hypothesis

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PURPOSE: We investigated the possibility that chronic fatigue

syndrome (CFS) predisposes to cancer by comparing the cancer

pattern in an area in northern Nevada, where an outbreak of a

fatiguing illness, which included cases of CFS, was reported,

to an area in southern Nevada, where no such illness was

reported.

METHODS: Data from the computerized Nevada Cancer

Registry were utilized to compare incidence rates of four

malignancies–brain cancer, non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), lung

cancer, and breast cancer–in Washoe and Lyon Counties, where

an unexplained fatiguing illness was reported during 1984-86,

with comparably sized Clark County, where no such illness was

reported.

RESULTS: Higher incidences of NHL and primary brain

tumors were noted in the two northern Nevada counties (Washoe

and Lyon) in 1986 and 1987 respectively, compared to the

southern Nevada (Clark) county. Similar patterns were not seen

for breast or lung cancer.

CONCLUSIONS: This study provides a

model for investigating the possible predisposition of CFS

patients to develop cancer using other cohorts, but it is

currently premature to accept such a link at this time.

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