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Prior Pneumonia, Smoking, and Drinking Explain Higher Lung Cancer Risk With HIV

May 22, 2017

A past pneumonia episode largely explained a higher risk of lung cancer in people living with HIV, according to a large study in California. The study, which was published in the journal AIDS, followed nearly 300,000 people of mixed HIV status, and found that factors like smoking and drug or alcohol abuse also contributed to a higher lung cancer risk in people living with HIV, but a recent low CD4 count did not.

People living with HIV run a higher risk of several cancers including lung cancer than people the same age without HIV. The greater lung cancer risk can be partly traced to higher smoking rates

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