Cancer Rate is 50 Percent Higher Among People With HIV

Published: February 25, 2015

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The cancer rate of Americans diagnosed with HIV is an estimated 50 percent greater than that of the HIV-negative population, Reuters Health reports. Publishing their findings in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, researchers analyzed data from six states from the HIV/AIDS Cancer Match Study, as well as from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results program in order to come up with this estimate.

In 2010, an estimated 7,760 cancers occurred among the nearly 900,000 HIV-diagnosed Americans. Out of those cancers, 3,920, or 50 percent, exceeded the figure expected of  them if they did not have HIV. The most common cancers occurring at disproportionate rates among people with HIV were non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (with 1,440 more cancers than what is expected in an HIV-negative group, for an excess rate of 88 percent), Kaposi’s sarcoma (910 more cancers, 100 percent excess), anal cancer (740 more cancers, 97 percent excess), and lung cancer (440 more cancers, 52 percent excess).

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