We have all heard the name of the disease. But do we know that it is? Arthritis is widespread around the world, but we can quite figure it out.
One of the reasons behind this is that we use one single name to title something that is not a single disease — there are more than 100 types of arthritis. It’s the primary cause of disability in the United States, something quickly explained with the fact that it can affect people of all ages, all sexes, and races.
Arthritis symptoms are usually stiffness, swelling, pain, and decreased range of motion. And things can become even more complicated: because the impact of symptoms can vary, just like the progression of the disease can.
There are different arthritis types: degenerative, inflammatory, infectious, and metabolic. Arthritis prevention, to make it worse, is still a mystery, and it’s mobility based. Arthritis treatment involves an early appointment with your rheumatologist to treat rheumatoid arthritis with the right drugs.
Recently, there has been established the links between arthritis and cancer — which is odd, because, as a disease, they are nothing alike.
The link is specific for people with rheumatoid arthritis, and the risk is higher in the first years.
Arthritis and cancer risk connection is still complicated to understand because, at the same time, rheumatoid arthritis can lower the chances of having other types of cancer. Strange indeed!
Take breast cancer and arthritis, for example. The risk of having it for a patient with rheumatoid arthritis is lower; however, if they do have it, the death rate for these same patients, it’s higher.
Experts are still as puzzled as you are right now while reading this, but they have already connected some dots. Here are 7 ways arthritis can lead to cancer.