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My sister in law has been diagnosed with Sjögren's syndrome. I know that this is an autoimmune disease and that mostly glands are being damaged by this process. However, I would like to know how often this syndrome can cause cancer. I have heard something, but I am not sure if it is true.

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Most commonly Sjogren's syndrome is associated with lymphoma, a cancer of white blood cells.  That happens in 5-11% of people with Sjogren's.  There are reports of other cancers associated with Sjogren's but those reports are rare and still remain to be worked out.

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