People with Parkinson's -- and their relatives -- could be at greater risk for prostate cancer, melanoma

September 4, 2012 1:22:08 PM PDT
Scientists say they have found a link among Parkinson's, cancer and family history.

The study in the Archives of Neurology found people with Parkinson's disease and their relatives may be at increased risk for prostate cancer and melanoma.

Also, people with those cancers may be at increased risk for Parkinson's.

Scientists say their findings suggest there is a genetic risk for Parkinson's and certain cancers. They add, identifying and understanding this relationship could help doctors better assess cancer risks, and could prove helpful in screening patients and their families.