A parasite found in undercooked meat and contaminated water may be linked to rare brain cancers
- Toxoplasma gondii, a
parasitecommonly found in undercooked or raw meat, could be linked with certain braincancers.
- A study by a team of American Cancer Society researchers found brain cysts caused by the parasite could cause glioma, a rare and deadly tumor.
- According to the study, 20% to 50% of the global population has been exposed to T. gondii, often spreading through contaminated water and food.
- Researchers say the study suggests people who are exposed to T. gondii are more likely to develop glioma.
Researchers at the American
Nearly half of the world's population is exposed to T. gondii, but cases of deadly brain cysts are rare
A majority of people can fight off the common parasite, so they are often unaware of their exposure.But occasionally, T. gondii causes its host to develop cysts in their brain, which can cause swelling. Researchers say it's the swelling that may lead to gliomas.
While there is a correlation between elevated rates of T. gondii antibodies and glioma, researchers say it is still important to acknowledge glioma is an extremely rare diagnosis, and they did not prove a direct link between the two.According to the National Organization for Rare Disorders, 6.6 people for every 100,000 are diagnosed with glioma every year. The most common type of glioma is a glioblastoma, which former US Senator John McCain had. It carries a 5% chance of surviving five years post-diagnosis.
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