Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Preventable infections responsible for two million cancers per year

 New estimates suggest that about 1 in 6 cancers is caused by preventable or treatable infections, according to results of a 2008 study published on May 9 in the British medical journal the Lancet Oncology.

The study examined incidence rates for 27 types of cancer in 184 countries and found four infections to be the culprits. The four infections -- human papillomaviruses (HPV), Helicobacter pylori, and hepatitis B and C - resulted in 1.9 million cases of cancer, amounting to about 17% (or 1 in 6) of the cancers examined.

The study suggests that nearly a third of infection-related cancers occur in people under the age of fifty and the majority of cases occur in developing lands like East Asia.


Preventable infections responsible for two million cancers per year

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