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Public Health Reports: Racial/Ethnic Differences in Cancers Attributable to Preventable Infectious Agents in Texas, 2015

In a recent article in Public Health Reports, Baylor College of Medicine researchers estimated the population-attributable fraction and number of cancer cases in Texas attributable to oncogenic infections, stratifying their analysis by race/ethnicity. Researchers used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and previous epidemiological studies to generate their estimates. Among adults 25 years and above, 3,603 excess cancer cases diagnosed in 2015 were attributable to oncogenic infections. Hispanic adults had the highest proportion of cases caused by infections, followed by non-Hispanic Black and non-Hispanic White adults. Findings suggest that infection control and prevention should be an important part of cancer prevention.

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