Wash Your Hands Etc

Rue Ratings Best Attorneys of America Lifetime Charter 1.5 inches  White BackgroundAs an injury lawyer, I am often confronted with cases involving lovers who lie to eachother about have STD’s and then one of them later comes to me wanting to sue for their herpes infections, AIDS, etc. But here is a new twist and it may cause you to wash your hands more often, and surely make you watch who you sleep with.  A simple cut or wound may also lead to diseases like cancer. In fact, worldwide infections are now estimated to be responsible for one in six cancer cases, according to a study published in the journal The Lancet Oncology. The study data that was released on Tuesday also said that many of these cases are treatable or preventable. I predict a surge in infection related lawsuits as the new boutique industry.

In 2008 2 Million New Cancer Cases

The study found that during 2008 there were 2 million new cancer cases that were linked to infections. They found that approximately 7.4 percent of these cases occurred in more developed countries and 22.9 percent of these cases were in less developed countries. These cancer cases researchers blame on hepatitis B, hepatitis C, stomach bacterium Helicobacter plyori and the Human papillomavirus. The Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a preventable type of cancer with the use of vaccines that have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The vaccine is approved for boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 26, while Merick’s Gardasil is available for both boys and girls, GlaxoSmithKline’s Cervarix is only approved for vaccinating girls.


HPV is associated with cervical cancer, and certain head and neck cancers, but does not lead to cancer in all people that are victims of the sexually transmitted disease. According to American Cancer Society Chief Medical Officer Dr. Otis Brawly, the more that the population of males and females are vaccinated, it is possible to rid the population of HPV. Doctor Brawly was not connected with the study that was recently released.

Hepatitis C

Dr. Brawly said, Hepatitis C has no cure, but there are treatments that should be taken advantage of to stop or slow the progression of the disease and lower the risk of cancer. Hepatitis B can be prevented by a vaccination. In the United States both strains of Hepatitis was prevalent, mostly among IV drug users, but today it is more often sexually transmitted. Brawly said that both strains of Hepatitis can lead to inflammation, scarring and regeneration of the liver that can result in causing cancer.

Helicobacter Pylori

Helicobacter Pylori is a bacterial infection that has been linked with gastric cancer, according to Brawly and can be treated with an antibiotic cocktail. The doctor said that treatment of the bacterial infection has not been proven to prevent gastric cancer, though clinicians hope this is the result.

HIV and High Risk Lifestyles

HIV is a disease that has been linked with several forms of cancer, including lymphoma and leukemia. The risk of cancer increases due to the suppression of the immune system. The risk of cancer is also higher for transplant patients prescribed immunosuppressant drugs, which keep their body from rejecting the donated organ. One way to avoid this disease is to stay away from high risk lifestyles like homosexuality, set forth here by the CDC. (As of 2006, homosexuals represented 2% of the total U.S. population, with 56% of all new HIV cases.)

The study showed large differences in the types of cancer in infected linked cancer between men and women. Approximately half of the cancer in women that was linked to infection was blamed on cervix uteri cancers. In men over 80 percent of cancer that was linked with infection was liver and gastric cancer.  So men who get liver cancer from bad food, or women who get cervical cancer due to the negligence of another, may just be looking for an attorney.  They will invariable be forced to deal with things like the

The number and pattern of infection related cancer in both groups was similar, with the exception of men and women below the age of forty. In this instance women under the age of 40 had a higher rate of infection linked cancer over men. The study showed the difference in this age group was due to cervical cancer.

Over Seven Million Cancer Deaths in 2008

Study researchers determined that out of the 7.5 million cancer deaths in 2008 an estimated 1.5 million or one in every five cancer deaths was linked with infectious diseases. Researchers determined the risk of infectious related cancer cases due to human DNA that has been invaded by infections such as HIV, Hepatitis B and C, which leave a signature in the genetic sequence. Helicobactor pylori, does not affect the DNA, but the bacterium can be found in gastric tumors.

Researchers were only able to estimate the number of infection related cancer cases in certain areas, due to the fact that data was not readily available by region and country. In these regions the number of infection linked cancer cases could be over-estimated, because researchers in the study heavily relied on studies that had been done in high-risk countries.

According to Harvard School of Public Health, Dr. Goodarz Danaei, it is also possible for multiple infections to cause a singular case of cancer in a commentary following the study data release. So wash your hands, and watch who you sleep with, since Dr. Danaei said the study data does offer the newest information estimate in infectious disease causing cancers.  This was an educational report by Michael P. Ehline, Esq., of

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Michael Ehline is a prolific blogger on California and international tort law. He has been a guest on CNN, discussed in major news publications like Forbes, Circle of Legal Trust, Personal Injury Warriors, and International Cruise Victims. He has lobbied congress on behalf of injured consumers, served as a United States Marine, and won millions of dollars for his clients. This blog discusses Ehline's insights and musings on all aspects of negligence law as it relates to all things "accidents." Ehline can be reached at (213) 596-9642.