Examiners Find Virus In Prostate Cancer

US researchers found a type of virus known to cause leukemia and tumors in animals occurred in over a quarter of the malignant prostate cancers they observed, this is the first report of such a finding and raises the question of whether some prostate cancers have a viral cause.

The study that led to this finding was the work of researchers from medical schools attached to the University of Utah in Salt Lake City and Columbia University in New York and is to emerge in an early September 2009 subject of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, PNAS.

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer among men in the US (skin cancer is the most common), where it is anticipated to affect about 200,000 men this year.

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