The North American Research Committee on Multiple Sclerosis (CMSC/NARCOMS) maintains a national, patient-driven registry designed to facilitate research on MS. A wide range of data, such as demographics, life-style behaviors, relapse-rates, progression of disability, treatment patterns and quality of life, is collected twice a year. The spring 2005 update survey asked about co-existing health conditions, including cancer.
A total of 9,256 NARCOMS participants responded to the spring 2005 survey either online (48%) or by mail (52%). As typical with MS, the responders were mostly Caucasian (88%) and women (75%). Their age ranged from 18 to 104 years. 573 (6.3%) of the responders reported a diagnosis of one or more types of cancer. The average age among those without a cancer diagnosis was 51 years for women and 55 for men. Those reporting cancer diagnoses tended to be older, with an average age of 58 years for women and 65 for men.
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