HIV Sufferers Twice As Likely To Get Cancer

Dec 21, 2008 by

HIV Sufferers Twice As Likely To Get Cancer

A study conducted at the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has revealed that people with HIV have a higher risk of getting cancer.

Presented recently at the American Association for Cancer Research, the study, which looked at 11 previous American and international studies, found that people with HIV were twice as likely as the general population to develop cancer.

Meredith Shiels, who is an epidemiologist at the school, said her study was not able to reveal which types of cancer had the highest risks, nor ascertain why HIV patients were at higher risk for certain cancers.

Previous studies, it seems, have already shown that HIV patients had greater risks for getting anal, head and neck, liver and lung cancers.

As for why HIV patients were at higher risk, different people have different theories. According to Shiels, it could be something to do with cancer-causing viruses being able to thrive in immune systems weakened by HIV. It could also be due to other risk factors for cancer associated with HIV patients, for example smoking.

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