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Cancer patients face higher risk of painful skin condition

IANS  |  New York 

Patients suffering from and those treated with may be at 40 per cent increased risk of developing shingles, compared with those not having cancer, finds a new study.

(herpes zoster) -- marked by painful rashes and -- is caused by the virus that causes

The virus remains dormant in the body but causes if it reactivates later in life.

The study showed that patients with a blood-related had the greatest risk of more than three times compared to people without cancer, the Day reported.

The higher risk among blood patients was present two years before their cancer diagnosis.

In addition, those with a solid including cancer in the lung, breast, prostate or other organs had a 30 per cent higher risk of shingles than people without cancer, from the in was quoted as saying.

However, this greater risk was largely associated with receiving treatment, rather than with the cancer itself.

"These findings have important implications in view of recent advances in development of vaccines," added from the in the US.

Development of new vaccines might help prevent shingles in cancer patients and may be safe for people with weakened immune systems, including those receiving chemotherapy, according to the study published in

For the study, the team included about 240,000 cancer patients in



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First Published: Fri, January 11 2019. 12:36 IST