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Uncooked Fish may Cause Liver Cancer

by Medindia Content Team on  July 12, 2007 at 11:00 AM Cancer News   - G J E 4
Uncooked Fish may Cause Liver Cancer
An age old preference for eating uncooked fish dishes like "koi-pla" puts people in SE Asia at risk of ingesting trematodes that can cause a type of liver cancer called cholangiocarcinoma (cancer of the bile ducts), say researchers in this week's PLoS Medicine.
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Banchob Sripa (Khon Kaen University) and colleagues discuss the mechanisms by which the food-borne trematode Opisthorchis viverrini (the SE Asian liver fluke) causes cholangiocarcinoma.

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The fluke is endemic to Thailand, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Vietnam, and Cambodia. In Thailand alone, 6 million people are thought to be infected with the fluke.

CONTACT: Banchob Sripa Khon Kaen University banchob@kku.ac.th

Source: Eurekalert
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