Hepatitis B Linked to Lymphoma in Study
August 4, 2010
New research finds that people chronically infected with hepatitis B virus (HBV) are nearly two times as likely to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL).
The U.S. National Cancer Institute's Dr. Eric Engels and Sun Ha Jee, of Yonsei University in Seoul, examined the records of more than 600,000 people in South Korea, where HBV was widespread before a mass vaccination campaign began in 1995. Approximately 9 percent of patients, 53,000, had evidence of HBV infection. After 14 years, infected patients had an increased risk of NHL, 19.4 cases per 100,000 person-years compared to 12.3 per 100,000 among those who did not have HBV.
08.03.2010; Maggie Fox
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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