Study Finds: Hepatitis C Increases Cancer Risks in Patients

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People are already aware that Hepatitis C can lead to liver cancer if not treated at initial stage. However, a latest study shows that it can even give birth to numerous other forms of cancer.

Hepatitis C, commonly known as HCV, is the most common chronic infection.  Some of its prominent symptoms are sore muscles, joint pain, and fever, and nausea, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, itchy skin and dark urine. As per the report from Center for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 3.2 million people suffer from the blood borne infection.

Health experts from Kaiser Permanente of Southern California carried out the study to figure out the risk of all types of cancer in HCV patients. They examined the medical history of cancer patients above 18 years.  The records were from 2008 to 2012.  In the beginning, researchers did not take into account if the participants were diagnosed with hepatitis C or not.

In the same time frame, more than 145,000 cases of hepatitis C emerged in the United States.  2,000 cancer cases were reported from the patients of hepatitis C.

In the end, researchers concluded that patients of Hepatitis C are 2.5 percent higher at risk of renal and prostate cancer than non-HCV patients.

Furthermore, researchers also indicate that the lifestyle and eating habits contributes in the risk. Smoking and alcohol are one the major factor of cancer.

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