White Blood Cell Count, Inflammation Linked To Cancer Deaths

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Inflammation and Cancer

In a study of more than 3,000 older Australians, those with a higher white blood cell count, a sign of inflammation, were more likely to die of cancer, according to an article in the January 23 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

White blood cell (WBC) count, or the measure of white blood cells in the blood, is a reliable and widely used marker that reflects inflammation throughout the body, according to background information in the article. People who smoke or have acute or chronic infections generally have a higher

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