Higher cancer risk in patients treated for RA: study

Doctors noted a 'clear increase' in smoking-related cancer risk among patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

Adults treated for rheumatoid arthritis are at 20% greater all-cancer risk than the general population, French doctors say, with men facing much higher risks than women.

The risk of melanoma, haemotological malignancies and cervical, prostate and tobacco-linked cancers is elevated in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), show results from their population-based study.