Association noted between certain non-liver cancers and hepatitis C in Sweden
People infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) have a higher risk of developing non-Hodgkins lymphoma and multiple myeloma, according to a recent study of the Swedish population. These findings are published in the March 2005 issue of Hepatology, the official journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD). Published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc, the journal is available online via Wiley InterScience at http://www.interscience.wiley.com/journal/hepatology.
Previous studies have shown that people with HCV have a higher risk of developing cirrhosis and liver cancer, however, studies of the association between HCV and other malignancies have yielded varied and conflicting results. In Sweden, a cluster of four cases of non-Hodgkins lymphoma in 554 HCV patients raised the question of an association between those two diseases and other related cancers in the countrys population.
To evaluate this possibility, researchers, led by Ann-Sofi Duberg of Örebro University Hospital in Sweden, gathered data from the Swedish Institute for Infectious Disease Control and the Swedish Cancer Registry to examine the incidence of non-Hodgkins lymphoma, multiple myeloma, chronic lymphatic leukemia, acute lymphatic leukemia, Hodgkins lymphoma and thyroid cancer in the countrys entire cohort of HCV patients.
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