People who suffer from allergies are less likely to develop cancer than others, scientists in America have stated.
Research carried out by a team at Texas Tech University looked into the possible link between the development of ovarian cancer and allergies to airborne substances.
They found that children with allergies to certain airborne particles were 40 per cent less likely to develop leukaemia than their peers without such intolerance.
In addition, asthmatics were found to be around 30 per cent less likely to develop ovarian cancer over their lifetimes.
The researchers believe that such adverse reactions help stimulate the immune system from an early age and therefore make it better-equipped to deal with more serious conditions further down the line.
Study team leader Dr Zuber Mulla said: "More work is still needed, but the numbers show that allergy is a statistically significant protective factor."
According to Allergy UK, around one in four Britons suffers from an allergy of some type.
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