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People who have suffered severe Covid-19 (with hospitalization) have a greater risk than others of developing cancer, according to a new Franco-Swiss study.

We know that certain viral infections can promote the development of cancer. Thus, several scientific studies have shown that catching the herpes virus is in itself a risk factor for several cancerous pathologies – such as Kaposi’s sarcoma, Hodgkin’s lymphoma or even nasopharyngeal carcinoma.

This time, Franco-Swiss researchers wanted to know if there is a link between developing a severe form of Covid-19 and the occurrence of cancer. To do this, the scientists studied medical data from more than 41,000 people who had suffered an infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus (serious enough to have required a stay in intensive care or intensive care).

A slightly higher risk of kidney, lung or colon cancer

Result ? The researchers found that people who had a severe form of Covid-19 did indeed have a slightly higher risk of developing cancer. In detail, 2.2% of the people concerned had been diagnosed with cancer during the months following infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, compared to 1.5% for the control group (people n having never been hospitalized because of a Covid-19).

In particular, scientists have identified a (slight) excess risk with regard to kidney cancer, blood cancers (myeloma, lymphoma, leukemia, etc.), colon cancer and lung cancer.

As a reminder, the best way to protect yourself against serious forms of Covid-19 is still anti-Covid vaccination…

Source :Scientific Reports

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