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    Hepatitis C raises risk of lymphoma Reported by Susan Aldridge, PhD, medical journalist There is a link between the hepatitis C virus and non-Hodkgin s
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      Hepatitis C raises risk of lymphoma

      Reported by Susan Aldridge, PhD, medical journalist

      There is a link between the hepatitis C virus and non-Hodkgin's lymphoma, say researchers at the University of British Columbia.
      Nearly four million Americans are infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV), a chronic infection that may lead to serious liver damage. Now a team at the University of British Columbia reveals another health consequence of HCV - an increased risk of non-Hodgkins lymphoma (NHL).

      They looked at a group of 550 NHL cases and compared them with 205 controls, to assess the frequency of HCV infection. The comparison showed that, overall, those with HCV had a six times greater risk of developing NHL. What is more, they had a 17 times greater risk of developing diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, which is the most common form of NHL. Further work is now needed to clarify and investigate this new virus-cancer link.


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      Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research 17th October 2004

      http://www.healthandage.com/Home/gm=1!gid1=6443

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