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Virus could be behind prostate cancer

Published on 10/09/2009
A virus known to cause cancer in animals may be behind some forms of prostate cancer.

That is the finding of research from the University of Utah and Columbia University Medical schools, which could lead to the creation of a vaccine to treat the disease.

Chief executive of Prostate UK Amanda McLean has suggested that a healthy lifestyle can also be helpful in preventing prostate cancer.

She highlighted the fact that men with a history of the disease in the family and Afro-Caribbean males are "more likely to develop it".

"There is also increasing evidence that overweight men and those with higher cholesterol levels are more susceptible to prostate cancer and other prostate diseases."

Cancer of the prostate is the most common form of the disease in men in the UK, with 34,000 cases diagnosed in 2005, according to Cancer Research UK.

Instances of the disease in Britain have tripled in the last thirty years, although that is believed to be partially down to increased detection.
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