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Hopefully, continued advances will make cancer as treatable as HIV -- or as curable as hepatitis C.
The cancer rate of those living with HIV in the U.S. is expected to decline in the next decade.
Smokers in particular would reduce their risk of death similarly through such screening.
An estimated 7,760 HIV-positive U.S. residents were diagnosed with cancer in 2010.
Declining rates are expected for Kaposi sarcoma, non–Hodgkin lymphoma, cervical and lung cancer and Hodgkin lymphoma, among others.
This is according to a meta-analysis of a dozen studies conducted in North America and Europe.
Aside from taking antiretrovirals, quitting smoking is the number one way people with HIV can lower their risk of illness and death.
Researchers strongly advise those living with the virus to quit cigarettes.
Quitting, even at age 40, can drastically lower this risk.
However, compared with the general population, HIV-positive individuals remain at higher risk for a slew of malignancies.
My headline is, of course, a gross exaggeration. But does this news mean we should hope we get cancer?
A case study of a 51-year-old man treated for lung cancer reveals a promising avenue toward possibly curing the virus.
With the HIV population aging, it is increasingly at risk of such age-related cancers.
A recent study found that from 1995 to 2009, 10 percent of all deaths among a large cohort of people on HIV treatment were cancer-related.
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