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End-stage renal disease linked with increased cancer risk

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Patients with end-stage renal disease are at increased risk of developing cancer, reveals a study has shown.

The Australian study, published online in the Journal of the American Society Nephrology (JASN) was carried out on 3654 residents aged 49 to 74 years who were followed for an average of 10 years.

The researchers, led by Dr Germaine Wong, observed participants who had moderate kidney dysfunction for an increased risk of developing cancer.

The results showed that the excess risk began at a glomerular filtration rate of 55ml per minute per 1.73m² and increased in a linear fashion as filtration rate declined.

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