Mayo Clinic Researchers Find Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients Have a Higher Risk of Developing Blood Cancers

Rheumatoid arthritis patients have a higher risk of developing blood cancers, particularly lymphoma, Mayo Clinic researchers have found. One of the immune system's top jobs is to seek and destroy cancer cells, and in rheumatoid arthritis patients that can fail due to the autoimmune disorder itself and to drugs that treat it by suppressing the immune system. Mayo rheumatology chair Eric Matteson, M.D., explains.

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