Cancer Risk Two Times Higher for HCV Patients After Excluding Liver Cancer
Prostate Cancer Rates Are Higher Among Patients with Hepatitis C
By Isaura Santos
Results announced recently at The International Liver Congress™ 2015 revealed that patients affected with hepatitis C virus (HCV) had significantly high cancer rates when compared to the non-HCV group. Scientists suggest that an extrahepatic HCV manifestation might be an increased risk of prostate cancer, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, renal and liver cancers. The study’s goal was to compare cancer rates in patients with and without being affected with HCV.
A retrospective study was conducted at Kaiser Permanente in Southern California, and researchers recorded all cancer diagnoses in individuals over 18 years of age with or without HCV between 2008 and 2012. 145,210 patients enrolled in the HCV cohort, and 13,948,826 in the non-HCV.
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