Featured Article: Factors associated with the high prevalence of oesophageal cancer in Western Kenya: a review
Western Kenya has a particularly high incidence of oesophageal carcinoma with both genetic and environmental factors considered to contribute to the etiology of the disease. Causative environmental factors include food contamination by pesticides and mycotoxins, poor diet, use of tobacco and consumption of traditional fermented alcoholic products. An individual’s genetic predisposition can also impact on the likelihood of developing oesophageal carcinoma.
In this review, G. Kigen et al. evaluate the possible contribution of each proposed causative risk factor and correlate these to the incidence of disease in, and the agricultural and lifestyle behaviours of, Western Kenya.
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Infectious Agents and Cancer is an open access, peer-reviewed online journal that encompasses all aspects of basic, clinical, epidemiological and translational research providing an insight into the association between chronic infections and cancer.
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Of particular interest are HPV and anogenital cancers (as well as head and neck cancers), EBV and Burkitt lymphoma, HCV/HBV and hepatocellular carcinoma (as well as lymphoproliferative diseases), HHV8 and Kaposi sarcoma, HTLV and leukemia and Cancers in Low- and Middle-income countries.
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AORTIC position statement
The African Organization for Research and Training in Cancer (AORTIC) has published a critical appraisal of the state on cancer research and cancer care in Africa including information on the availability of data on cancer burden, screening and prevention for cancer in Africa, cancer care personnel, treatment modalities, and access to cancer care.
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Dr Franco M Buonaguro, Istituto Nazionale Tumori, Naples, Italy
Dr Sam M Mbulaiteye, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, USA
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From the blog
Dr Franco M. Buonaguro and Dr Sam M Mbulaiteye, Co-Editors-in-Chief of Infectious Agents and Cancer discuss their opinion on the journal's subject field.