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Can the epstein-barr virus which causes mono cause cancer?

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 36 years experience
In certain...: ...Conditions, yes. In particular, when it happens simultaneously with malaria, it can cause burkitt's lymphoma, a common cancer in africa.
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Dr. Chakshu Gupta
Pathology 24 years experience
Association: Yes there is a casual association between ebv and some cancers, but many people have mono and/or ebv infection without ever developing cancer.
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A 34-year-old member asked:

Does the epstein-barr virus cause cancer?

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Dr. Ben Ferguson
Dr. Ben Fergusonanswered
General Surgery 11 years experience
Yes.: Ebv is most commonly associated with burkitt lymphoma and hodgkin lymphoma, especially in states of compromised immunity such as HIV infection. It is also the virus that causes mononucleosis ("mono"). What is encouraging, though, is that the majority of us have been infected at some point with ebv and yet most of the time we do not develop cancer.
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