A new study says, weakened immune systems of HIV patients puts them at increased risk for at least 7 kinds of cancer.
But, some of the cancers can be delayed by early diagnosis and treatment of HIV infection.
French researchers examined the incidence of three AIDS-defining cancers (Kaposi’s sarcoma, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and cervical cancer) and four non-AIDS-defining cancers (Hodgkin’s lymphoma, lung cancer, liver cancer and anal cancer) in 52,278 HIV-infected people.
The study authors analyzed the link between immunodeficiency, viral load, antiretroviral treatment and the occurrence of 7 types of cancer. The risk of all cancers has been increased by immunodeficiency and CD4 cell count was the most predictive risk factor for all types of cancer except anal cancer.