Steve J. Upton wrote:
>> It seems that I receive a phone call or e-mail message almost daily
> concerning parasites, cancer, and/or diet. Therefore, I would like to
> direct the following message to the "novices" of the group.
>> First, few parasites are correlated with cancer. Schistosoma
> haematobium in humans is correlated with some bladder carcinomas.
> Spirocerca lupi in canids is thought to cause some esophageal sarcomas,
> and there is a somewhat higher incidence of bile duct carcinomas in
> asiatic countries, possibly due to opisthorcids. Perhaps some senior
> members of the newsgroup can add one or two more examples, but overall
> don't count on a parasite causing your cancer.
The nematode Anisakis simplex has been linked to cancer of the gut.
Ishikura & Kikuchi (Eds) (1990) Intestinal anisakiasis in Japan.
Dr David I. Gibson
Parasitic Worms Division Tel. +44-(0)171-938-9485
Department of Zoology Fax. +44-(0)171-938-8754
The Natural History Museum
London SW7 5BD
Work e-mail: dig at nhm.ac.uk
Home e-mail: p-d.gibson at dial.pipex.com