Does hepatitis B virus infection cause breast cancer?

  title={Does hepatitis B virus infection cause breast cancer?},
  author={Vishnu Prasad Adhikari and Lin-jie Lu and Ling-quan Kong},
  journal={Chinese clinical oncology},
  volume={5 6},
Lifestyle and family history are two of the most important risk factors for breast cancer (BC). However, these risk factors cannot explain the differences in the incidence and early BC onset among Chinese females compared to their western counterparts. We propose in this hypothesis the potential mechanism of indirect oncogenesis of hepatitis B virus (HBV) in causing BC through its persistence as occult infection and continuous replication with long term subtle liver damage. Estrogen is mainly… Expand
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