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Causal link between parasites and cancer?

Stephen G. Kayes kayes at SUNGCG.USOUTHAL.EDU
Thu Nov 9 13:10:38 EST 1995


	While not an expert on this aspect of parasitology, two cancers 
come to mind.  But first let me ask what parasites are being discussed in 
the book, or are just parsites in general being blamed.  

	First Schistosoma hematobium is associated with an increased 
incidence of bladder cancers but there is also a correlation I believe 
with a bacterial component to the infection which then becomes a 
confounding variable.

	The second organism that I seem to remember causing cancer was 
Sparganum sp (possibly I am confusing it with Spirocerca) which causes 
cancer of the aorta in canines.
	Steve Kayes

On 8 Nov 1995, Perry Kundert wrote:

> Hello, all;
>     There appears to be a lot of talk these days about a link between
> certain parasites, and cancer in humans.  For instance, the book
>         The Cure for All Cancers
> advocates this theory; it is making the rounds in our local "Health
> Food" book stores, and seems to be meeting with a certain amount of
> popular acceptance...
>     What is the feeling in this community?  Is such a causal link
> plausible?  Is it being researched, or has the idea already been
> discarded?
>     I appologize if this has already been discussed here; I am new to
> this list...
> --
>     -pjk

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