Journal article

Cytomegalovirus, Epstein-Barr virus and risk of breast cancer before age 40 years: a case-control study

AK Richardson, B Cox, M McCredie, GS Dite, JH Chang, DM Gertig, MC Southey, GG Giless, JL Hopper

BRITISH JOURNAL OF CANCER | NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2004

Abstract

We investigated whether there is an association between cytomegalovirus (CMV) and Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) IgG levels and risk of breast cancer before age 40 years. CMV and EBV IgG levels were measured in stored plasma from 208 women with breast cancer and 169 controls who participated in the Australian Breast Cancer Family Study (ABCFS), a population-based case-control study. CMV and EBV IgG values were measured in units of optical density (OD). Cases and controls did not differ in seropositivity for CMV (59 and 57% respectively; P=0.8) or EBV (97 and 96% respectively; P=0.7). In seropositive women, mean IgG values were higher in cases than controls for CMV (1.20 vs 0.98 OD, P=0.005) but no..

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