(NaturalHealth365) When someone speaks about a virus, most people associate it with the common cold, flu, or other illness which is short-lived. Viruses are such small organisms that an ordinary microscope would not be able to detect them. With millions of distinct types of viruses, each survives by entering and inserting its own DNA or RNA into a living cell. It is then able to reproduce and push the cell toward a cancerous condition.
Two very common viruses will infect the majority of society sometime in their lifetime. In fact, research has shown that one of the viruses will infect 95 percent of the American population at a young age. This virus lies dormant as a silent killer just waiting to attack.
Epstein Barr Virus linked to cancer
According to the Centers for Disease Control, 95 percent of adults are inflicted with the Epstein Barr Virus (EBV) by the age of 40. The virus is best known for causing infectious mononucleosis which is often referred to as “mono” or the “kissing disease.” EBV is highly contagious and can be passed from person to person by sneezing, coughing, or sharing drinks.
While EBV does not cause serious problems in most people, it stays dormant in certain white blood cells in the body called “B lymphocytes” or “B cells.” However, very recent studies published in the Expert Reviews in Molecular Medicine and Clinical and Translational Oncology proves the virus increases a person’s risk of nasopharyngeal cancer.
Once classified as a rare type of cancer affecting the head and neck, it is increasing in numbers. Plus, in a related matter, recent and ongoing studies have shown EBV’s association with lymphogenesis. Burkitt and Hodgkin lymphomas are both affected by the virus.
Note: The conventional medical community has determined that there is no cure for EPV. However, new studies are proving vitamin C kills EPV infection.
Cervical and prostate cancers caused by human papillomavirus (HPV)
Human papillomaviruses (HPVs) are a group of more than 100 related viruses. Papillomas are commonly known as warts that grow in the skin or mucous membranes of the mouth, throat, and vagina. Human touch and bodily fluid passes the infection from one person to the next.
Currently, there are no effective medicines for HPV, but the immune systems of most people can control it and sometimes eliminates it from the body naturally over time. However, there are a few HPV strains that cause silent infections that destroy cells and cause cancer.
The International Journal of Cancer reported 54.5 percent of cervical cancers amongst a sample of nearly 50 thousand women are from HPV types 16 and 18. However, the United States Centers for Disease Control estimates 86.9 percent of all all HPV cancers attributable to cervical cancer.
How is HPV connected to prostate cancer?
New studies are now showing an association between HPV and prostate cancers. A 2015 study held in Russia on a group of healthy men who were examined for sexually transmitted diseases resulted in 42 percent of them harboring oncogenic HPV, according to the Vestn Ross Akad Med Naul journal (a publication on infectious disease).
Numerous studies have also shown that HPV can cause other cancers including cancer of the vulva, vagina, penis, and anus. It may also cause oropharyngeal cancer which affects the mouth and throat.
Note: A new study in 2015 showed a 40 percent reduction in high-grade cervical dysplasia for non-sexually active young women between the ages of 16 to 23 who have had the HPV vaccine for cancerous types 6, 11, 16, and 18. However, studies are currently revealing HPV vaccines are linked to debiliating illness in teenage girls.
Do everything you can to keep your immune system strong
EPV and EBV are that most common viruses infecting immune-compromised Americans. And, while the body may heal itself from HPV; EBV is another story.
You see EBV may not be detected for years as it hides away in immune cells. According to the American Cancer Society, there are also many other viruses that can lead to cancer including, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Human Herpes Virus 8, Human T-Lymphotrophic Virus-1, and Merkel Cell Polyomavirus.
About the author: Abby Campbell is a medical, health, and nutrition research writer. She’s dedicated to helping people live a healthy lifestyle in all aspects – physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Abby practices, writes, and coaches on natural preventive care, nutritional medicine, and complementary and alternative therapy.
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