Fast Five Quiz: Modifiable Cancer Risk Factors

George D. Harris, MD, MS


July 26, 2019

The Epstein-Barr virus is a type of herpesvirus that has been associated with an increased risk of nasopharyngeal cancer and certain types of fast-growing lymphomas. It may also be linked to stomach cancer and Hodgkin lymphoma.

Other viruses that are associated with the development of cancer include:

  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)

  • HIV

  • Hepatitis B

  • Hepatitis C

  • Human herpesvirus 8

  • Human T-lymphotrophic virus 1

  • Merkel cell polyomavirus

Bacteria that have been associated with the development of cancer include Helicobacter pylori and Chlamydia trachomatis.

Read more about Epstein-Barr virus.

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