Navigation Links
HIV Patients at Heightened Risk for Certain Cancers

TUESDAY, Nov. 22 (HealthDay News) -- A weakened immune system and unhealthy lifestyle habits such as smoking put HIV-infected patients at increased risk for cancer, according to a new study.

The researchers also said that starting antiretroviral therapy at an earlier stage of HIV infection might reduce cancer risk.

The primary goal of the study, one of the first to compare the risk of cancer in HIV-infected patients, was to determine how much of the increased risk was the result of the disease and how much was due to other risk factors, such as smoking, the researchers said.

The study authors compared the rates of 10 types of cancer that occurred among HIV-infected patients and HIV-free patients from Kaiser Permanente in Northern and Southern California between 1996 and 2008.

Six of the cancers were more common in HIV patients than in HIV-free patients, including Kaposi's sarcoma, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, Hodgkin's lymphoma, melanoma, anal cancer and liver cancer. Lung and oral-cavity cancers were also more common among HIV patients, but most of the risk of those cancers appeared to be associated with lifestyle habits such as smoking.

Prostate cancer was less common in HIV patients than in HIV-free patients.

Further investigation suggested that a weakened immune system was associated with the increased risk of cancer in HIV patients.

"Taken together, we believe our results support cancer-prevention strategies that combine routine prevention activities, such as smoking cessation, with earlier HIV treatment to help maintain a patient's immune system," lead author Michael Silverberg, a research scientist with the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland, said in a Kaiser news release.

The study appears in the current issue of the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention.

More information

The U.S. National Cancer Institute has more about HIV and cancer risk.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Kaiser Permanente, news release, Nov. 22, 2011

Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. More Sore Throats Seen in Acne Patients Taking Antibiotics
2. Psoriasis Treatments Convenience May Be Key for Patients
3. IBD patients face increased skin cancer risk
4. Psychological factors affect IBS patients interpretation of symptom severity
5. South Asian patients require 3 times as much repeat angioplasty as white Europeans
6. Hope on the horizon for patients with post-traumatic stress disorder
7. Cancer Doctors Still Not Great With Patients Pain
8. A new stent design may put patients at risk
9. Older ER Patients Less Likely to Get Pain Meds, Data Shows
10. Exercise may be better than stents for PAD patients
11. Tamoxifen causes significant side effects in male breast cancer patients
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... ... Water For Empowerment ™ attracts volunteers together who want to combine talents ... women as key stakeholders in the process. The non-profit launched its first major ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... Finnleo, a leader in the traditional ... models of traditional and far-infrared saunas. , For traditional saunas, Finnleo is ... traditional Finnish sauna wood, and Finnleo uses only European Grade A Nordic White Spruce ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... November 25, 2015 , ... ... offering factory direct sauna parts and accessories. , Sauna accessories help improve ... the bather’s style and personality. From basic styles for the purist looking for ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... , ... November 26, 2015 , ... ... Commission (AUC), European Union (EU), ANDI Pan African Centres of Excellence, and public ... in Nairobi (UNON) for the opening of the 5th African Network for Drugs ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... ... For the first time, Vitalalert is donating half of its earnings to ... between the two groups began in 2014 with Vitalalert pledging a portion of every ... founded in 1954 and is an international Christian-based health organization whose mission is to ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/25/2015)...  The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), American ... March of Dimes cheered today,s signature into law ... of 2015 (S.799), which takes much-needed strides ... to drugs, such as opioids, and to improve ... organizations have worked together leading advocacy efforts for ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... N.Y. , Nov. 25, 2015  Henry Schein, ... and services to office-based dental, medical and animal health ... (GNYDM) Meeting the Henry Schein ConnectDental® Pavilion , ... broadest array of open solutions designed to help any ... Click here for a schedule of experts ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... Nov. 25, 2015 Allergan plc (NYSE: ... and Rugen Therapeutics, a start-up  biotechnology company focused ... CNS disorders and funded by the F-Prime Biomedical ... entered into an exclusive collaboration to support the ... Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Obsessive Compulsive disorders (OCD). ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: