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Cancers 2010, 2(2), 752-772; doi:10.3390/cancers2020752

Viruses and Breast Cancer

School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
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Received: 8 March 2010 / Revised: 7 April 2010 / Accepted: 26 April 2010 / Published: 30 April 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Breast Cancer)
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Abstract

Viruses are the accepted cause of many important cancers including cancers of the cervix and anogenital area, the liver, some lymphomas, head and neck cancers and indirectly human immunodeficiency virus associated cancers. For over 50 years, there have been serious attempts to identify viruses which may have a role in breast cancer. Despite these efforts, the establishment of conclusive evidence for such a role has been elusive. However, the development of extremely sophisticated new experimental techniques has allowed the recent development of evidence that human papilloma virus, Epstein-Barr virus, mouse mammary tumor virus and bovine leukemia virus may each have a role in the causation of human breast cancers. This is potentially good news as effective vaccines are already available to prevent infections from carcinogenic strains of human papilloma virus, which causes cancer of the uterine cervix. View Full-Text
Keywords: breast cancer; viruses; etiology; human papilloma virus; mouse mammary tumor virus; Epstein-Barr virus; bovine leukemia virus breast cancer; viruses; etiology; human papilloma virus; mouse mammary tumor virus; Epstein-Barr virus; bovine leukemia virus
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Lawson, J.S.; Heng, B. Viruses and Breast Cancer. Cancers 2010, 2, 752-772.

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