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One in six cancer cases are caused by preventable infection, study finds

You can’t catch cancer, or so many think. Cancer is considered a non-communicable disease by the World Health Organization, but among cancer’s many causes are viruses that can travel from person to person, and, if infection persists, lead to tumor growth. For example, the human pappilomavirus (HPV) often triggers cervical, anal and other cancers, which has prompted public health agencies to push mass vaccine campaigns for boys and girls alike (see ‘The value of HPV vaccination’). 

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