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BackgroundIn many regions of southern Italy, hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection represents a major health problem (with a prevalence rate between 6% and 13%). HCV is associated with different kinds of neoplasms such as non-Hodgkin lymphomas (NHL), and with auto-immune diseases (cryoglobulinemia), which develop after the virus has caused immune system alterations.ObjectivesTo provide updated information on trends in mortality in a major metropolitan area of southern Italy from NHL, multiple myeloma and Hodgkin disease we analyzed cancer mortality data from 1988 to 2009.Materials and MethodsMortality data were extracted from National death certificates by age groups, gender, residence and cause of death by the Italian national institute of statistics (ISTAT). Age-standardized mortality rates (SMR) were computed applying the direct method and using the world standard population. To quantify the …
Publication date: 
1 Aug 2013

Maurizio Montella, Matteo Malvezzi, Maria Grimaldi, Flavia Nocerino, Ferdinando Frigeri, Antonio Pinto, Aldo Giudice, Anna Crispo

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Volume: 13 Issue: 8
Hepatitis Monthly