Meditations of an oncology geek

Cancer viruses?

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This week I answer a question from Katie Funk in San Francisco, CA: Can cancer be caused by viruses?

Short answer: Yes. In fact, in some parts of the world chronic infection by Hepatitis is a major contributor to overall cancer rates in the form of liver cancer. HPV is the leading cause of cervical cancer. Both are preventable by vaccines.

For a growing list of articles and topics, check out the Cancer for Dummies main page. It will be updated every weekend. Please feel free to submit your own dumb questions. It has been readers’ curious minds that have made this blog work so well. Keep them coming!

Ryon

Written by Ryon

March 26th, 2011 at 9:50 pm

Posted in Science Blog

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