Cancer Prevention Could Begin With HIV-Infected Populations, Study Shows

The study, published in the current issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute determined that the total cancer burden was highest among people in the 50-59 years age bracket, men who have sex with men, those living 5 or more years with AIDS, and non-Hispanic blacks. But the largest excess burden was among people 15-29 years old.

A new analysis of the excess cancer burden among HIV-infected people in the U.S. provides opportunities to develop cancer control initiatives for this population, researchers say.

"It was already known that HIV-infected people have increased cancer risks, so it was not surprising that excess cancers exist in this population," Hilary A. Robbins, of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland, told Reuters Health by e-mail.

"However," she said, "we were impressed by the large number of excess cancers, and the degree to which the composition of cancer types varies across subgroups. Both of these results suggest that cancer control initiatives targeted to HIV-infected people could have a large impact."

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