Narrator: This is Science Today. A new study
has found several factors decrease one's risk of developing
non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a cancer of the immune system
that has been steadily rising in this nation. Elizabeth
Holly, a cancer epidemiologist at the University of
California, San Francisco, led the study.
Holly: We found that things like plant allergies,
non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs - having taken
those on a regular basis and also the use of cholesterol
lowering drugs - all were found to be protective for
Narrator: That's because all these factors
slow up the activation of 'B' cells, which when overproduced,
leads to non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Holly says finding
out cholesterol lowering medications and non-steroidal
anti-inflammatory drugs have this protective role
is especially exciting.
Holly: What that means is that people using
these medications for other conditions may just have
an added bonus of lower risk for some forms of cancer.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.