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Virus That Cause Leukemia may Help to Prevent Stomach Cancer

by VR Sreeraman on  June 24, 2008 at 5:35 PM Cancer News   - G J E 4
 Virus That Cause Leukemia may Help to Prevent Stomach Cancer
A new study from Japan has shown that a virus responsible for causing leukaemia can actually protect a person from developing stomach cancer.
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Researchers from Narao Hospital in Nagasaki have found that human T-lymphotropic virus (HTLV-1), responsible for causing blood cancer were protected against stomach cancer despite the presence of Helicobacter pylori bacteria that can cause disease.

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During the study, lead researcher Satohiro Matsumoto compared 500 people in Kamigoto, Japan carrying HTLV-1 and 500 free of the virus.

He found that 7 per cent of those who were virus-free were thrice as likely to develop stomach cancer than those with the virus, reports New cientist.

The incidence of stomach cancer was 1.1% during the first 5 years of follow-up and 3.0% during the entire 10-year follow-up in the HTLV-1- group, compared with 2.7% and 8.0%, respectively, in the group that did not have virus.

The researchers report their findings in the Journal of Infectious Diseases.

Source: ANI
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