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As HIV Patients Live Longer, Certain Cancer Risks Rise: Study
2015-10-06
 
 

As HIV Patients Live Longer, Certain Cancer Risks Rise: Study


By Alan Mozes
HealthDay Reporter


MONDAY, Oct. 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Antiretroviral therapy has extended the lives of people with HIV, but living longer may increase these patients' risk for certain cancers.

A study of nearly 90,000 HIV patients revealed a rise in three types of cancer as the AIDS-causing virus has evolved from a probable death sentence into a manageable chronic condition.

"We found that the risk of some cancers, such as anal, colorectal and liver cancers, are increasing over time mainly because HIV patients are living longer," said study lead author Michael Silverberg, of the Kaiser Permanente division of research in Oakland, Calif. Kaiser Permanente is one of the nation's largest health plans.

According to the U.S. National Cancer Institute, HIV patients


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