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Cancer vaccine a 'step closer' as viral infections linked to 40 per cent of all cases
10-17-2011, 12:38 AM #1
Octo Mother Superior
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Up to 40 per cent of all cancers including brain tumours, cancer of the skin and prostate and leukaemia may be caused by viral infections, according to scientists.

If proved, the information could lead to a preventative vaccine and therapies to cure many forms of the disease.

Scientists had discovered hepatitis B and C viruses can cause liver cancer and human papilloma virus (HPV) which can cause cervical cancer.

But the new research study using DNA analysis has shown that viruses could be implicated as the cause in 40 per cent of the 200 forms of cancer.

German virologist Harold Zur Hausen, who jointly discovered the link between cervical cancer and HPV, said in the paper the discovery could be ground-breaking.

He said: 'Although we know that currently slightly more than 20 per cent of the global cancer incidence is linked to infectious events, some epidemiological observations suggest that this this percentage may increase'.

The discovery could be life-changing with the possibilities of vaccinations against the key viruses, cutting the number of cancer sufferers - however the cost of development and trials will be enormous.


10-17-2011, 10:50 AM #2
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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Interesting news, I've heard this idea speculated on prior to this, but I guess they actually proved it. Interesting nearly half of cancers are caused by infection.
My grandmother came down with a strange shingle like virus about two years prior to being diagnosed with cancer, I never really contemplated a connection until now.


10-17-2011, 10:54 AM #3
Octo Mother Superior
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They've known about it for quite some time but I guess it's more lucrative to just make expensive cancer medicine that keep you from dying sad2.gif



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