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Did you know that 15 to 20 percent of
Cancers is caused by infections?
Newswise — Cancer -- popularly understood as
a result of mutations or mistakes within the
genetic code in cells -- is also caused by
infections from viruses, bacteria and
"I believe that, conservatively, 15 to 20
percent of all cancer is caused by
infections, however, the number could be
larger -- maybe double," says Dr. Andrew J.
Dannenberg, director of the Cancer Center at
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell
Medical Center and Henry R. Erle,
M.D.–Roberts Family Professor of Medicine at
Weill Cornell Medical College in New York
"Unfortunately, the public, as well as many
health-care workers, are unaware of the
significance of chronic infection as a
potentially preventable cause of cancer."
During a speech at the American Association
for Cancer Research's (AACR) Sixth Annual
International Conference Frontiers in Cancer
Prevention Research, on December 5, 6:00
p.m. EST, at the Philadelphia Marriot
Downtown, Dr. Dannenberg, who is also the
meeting's program committee chairperson,
will highlight the link between chronic
infection, inflammation and cancer as an
opportunity to reduce the global cancer
He will review research milestones that have
provided the basis for vaccine development
and anti-infectives to combat cancer. Some
of the topics to be discussed include:
* Liver cancer, caused by chronic hepatitis
B and C.
* Human papillomavirus (HPV), linked to
cervical, throat and oral cancer (oropharyngeal
* A form of gastric cancer, called
adenocarcinoma, and a form of lymphoma,
called MALT lymphoma, that have been linked
to Helicobacter pylori bacteria.
* Bladder cancer, caused by chronic
infection with Schistosome parasites.
* How inflammation caused by infections may
lead to a variety of cancers.