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December 24, 2010

Prompt treatment and better screening could prevent many cancer deaths in patients taking HIV therapy

Aidsmap: "Many cancer-related deaths in patients taking antiretroviral therapy are potentially preventable, a US study published in the online edition of AIDS suggests.

"A low CD4 cell count, detectable viral load, late diagnosis of cancer, and not receiving cancer treatment were all associated with an increased risk of mortality.

"'Our findings could be explained by poor cancer awareness, inadequate screening practices, or lack of prompt therapy,' write the investigators."