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Some cat breeds 'more prone to getting cancer' (29/09/2011)

Siamese cats are more prone to cancer.

Siamese cat breeds are more predisposed to developing cancer, new research reveals.

According to a study by researchers at the University of Missouri's College of Veterinary Medicine, the Siamese breed - especially males aged seven years or more - has an increased risk of developing intestinal cancer.

The survey, which involved examining 1,129 cases covering 47 years of intestinal cancer in cats, found that most feline intestinal cancers were lymphoma, or cancer of the immune system.

Kim Selting, associate teaching professor of oncology at the college, warned owners to be on the lookout for vomiting, diarrhoea and unexplained weight loss, as these are all issues known to be related to cancer of the intestines.

"This [research] is important because there are very few population-based studies that allow us to evaluate cancer and risk factors on such a large scale," she said.

Dr Selting added that noting patterns of cancer development could enable vets to become aware of the various environmental factors that cause tumour progression in different species.