Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a disease in which red, scaly patches form on the skin, typically on the elbows, knees, or scalp. An estimated 7.5 million people in the United States will develop the disease, most of them between the ages of 15 and 30.

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The autoimmune disease was linked to an increased risk of skin, esophageal, liver, and pancreatic cancers, among others.
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