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Which cancers are linked to Epstein-Barr virus infection?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Epstein-Barr virus’ (EBVs) relationship to cancer actually began back when the virus was first discovered. In the early 60s, Drs. Epstein and Barr were examining tissue from a patient with Burkitt's lymphoma when they discovered the virus. Since then the EBV stamp can be found in other cancers including cancer of the nasopharynx (cavity behind the mouth), Hodgkin's disease, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, and oral hairy leukoplakia in patients with the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Since not everyone infected with EBV gets cancer, other environmental or genetic factors must increase susceptibility for cancer.
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