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Viruses and bacteria as a cause of cancer

March 13, 2019

Individual microorganisms that enter the human body can trigger cancer. However, some dangerous infections are now very common, and their carriers often do not even realize that their health is in danger. Is it possible to defend against "uninvited guests"? Let's see.

1. HPV

Human papilloma virus is a common name for a group of viruses widely spread all over the world. There are more than 100 types of HPV, among which not less than 14 are oncogenic. HPV of particular types cause cervical cancer (according to WHO data, in 70% of cases these are type 16 and type 18). Also, the virus can cause cancer of the anus, vulva, vagina, penis and oropharynx.

Remember: there is no cure for the virus today! For most people, the body is able to cope with the virus and “neutralize” it. But sometimes the infection becomes chronic and causes changes in the cells, first precancerous, and then cancer.

Treatment of precancerous cervical pathologies is usually not difficult and allows avoiding the development of cancer. For this, it is important to undergo regular screening examinations and perform a PAP test (smear from the surface of the cervix).

The most reliable way to protect against HPV is vaccination. The LISOD Hospital uses the Gardasil vaccine, which effectively protects against the most dangerous types of human papillomavirus.


2. Hepatitis B and C

Virus infection is most often possible during unprotected sex, as well as in beauty salons with manicure, pedicure and other procedures that require thorough disinfection of instruments.

Hepatitis B and C, in the absence of the necessary treatment, can cause hepatic cirrhosis and cancer. The danger is that very often infection with viruses is asymptomatic and the disease can only be determined with the help of special tests.

There is a vaccine against hepatitis B, which is included in the national calendar of preventive vaccinations. Vaccination guarantees the protection of the liver against a dangerous virus.


3. Epstein-Barr virus (herpes virus type 4)

May increase the risk of nasopharyngeal cancer, Hodgkin's lymphoma and non-Hodgkin's lymphomas. Oncological diseases develop only in a small number of people infected with EBV. Due to genetic characteristics, tumors are most often diagnosed in people in Africa and Southeast Asia.

There is no vaccine against the virus.


4. Herpes virus type 8

This type of virus (HHV-8) was discovered in the 1990s. Studies confirm that it is associated with the occurrence of Kaposi's sarcoma. Like other types of herpes, type 8 is transmitted through sexual contact and through saliva, for example, using common utensils. Cancer caused by a virus rarely develops, mainly in cases of a significant decrease in immunity (in case of HIV or after organ transplantation).

There is no vaccine against the virus.

5. Helicobacter pylori (H pylori)

It is a bacterium that lives on the mucous membrane of the stomach and duodenum. As a result of its vital activity, inflammation may occur, gastritis or ulcer may develop. Damage to the walls of the stomach leads to cancer.

In order to timely detect changes in the gastric mucosa, it is recommended to undergo regular screening gastroscopy. In LISOD, such a procedure is performed under a medication sleep, comfortable and painless for the patient. Only with gastroscopy can gastric cancer be detected at a very early stage, when the disease is most easily treatable.


Apply for the consultation or selection of an individual screening program:

0-800-500-110 – free-of-charge in Ukraine;

+38 (044) 277-8-277 – daily from 9 am till 8 pm.

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