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How can latent viruses in your body transform into cancer over time? Research shows that while many people have a virus known to cause cancer within them, only some individuals will ever be affected. Press play to learn:

  • How cancer-causing viruses can be detected
  • If you have a latent virus within you
  • How cancer cells react to viral infection

Patrick S. Moore, MD, MPH, and distinguished professor at PITT, shares his research on cancer-causing viruses and viral replication.

While there are only a small number of viruses with the potential to transform into cancer within the human body, the forms they cause constitute around 18% of cancer in the world. Some viruses are even present in close to 95% of the population.

Targeting specific pathways in cells that are also responsible for controlling tumor growth may make a previously healthy cell prone to developing cancer. While this poses a risk, it also may lead to new therapeutic techniques to slow the spread around the body.

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