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How can having allergies help protect me from brain cancer?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Some fascinating new research reveals that allergies protect you from brain cancer.

How do allergies keep good brain cells from going rogue? Something in the immune system's overwrought reaction to allergens seems to help it recognize and wipe out bad brain cancer cells. This appears to be especially true in men, who are somewhat more susceptible to the often deadly brain tumors called glioma. It’s the most common brain tumor and the type scientists have been worrying cell phones may cause. (There's new evidence against this, but that's another story.

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