Medical News and Perspectives
April 5, 2006

New Virus Linked to Prostate Cancer

JAMA. 2006;295(13):1503. doi:10.1001/jama.295.13.1503

For the first time a virus has been linked to the development of prostate cancer, a finding that lends support to previous studies suggesting that some prostate cancers may be caused by infection.

Research presented at the 2006 Prostate Cancer Symposium, cosponsored by the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology, the Prostate Cancer Foundation, and the Society of Urologic Oncology, revealed that men with a genetic mutation in the Human Prostate Cancer 1 (HPC1) gene harbor this newly identified virus 30 times more frequently than men without the genetic mutation.

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