Infection-Related Cancers: Prioritising an Important and Eliminable Contributor to the Global Cancer Burden

Casper C, Fitzmaurice C

In the past two decades, several studies have consistently found that up to one-sixth of cancers worldwide are attributable to infectious pathogens. Cancers caused by infectious agents present unique opportunities for prevention and treatment; therefore, a detailed understanding of how infections contribute to cancer incidence, as well as the geographical and demographic diversity and natural history (ie, response to treatment and mortality) of infection-related cancers, is crucial.

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