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Viruses and skin cancer risks (VIRASKIN)

Objective

Skin cancers are among the most common cancers affecting the European population. A viral aetiology is hypothesized and certain Human Papillomaviruses (HPV) is found in skin cancer tissue, but has not been linked to skin cancer in epidemiological studies. AIM: To obtain solid evidence of which known or hitherto unknown viruses that are regularly present in skin cancer and then assess if these viruses are associated with increased risk for development of skin cancer. TASKS: Molecular detection systems with improved ability to detect and quantify skin cancer-associated viruses will be developed and applied to a large series of skin tumours. Serological methods based on virus-like particles will be developed. Population-based age and sex-specific prevalence's and attack rates of infection will be determined. Finally, the virus-specific relative risk for skin cancer will be determined by prospective studies.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

LUND UNIVERSITY
Address
University Hospital - Entrance 78
205 02 Malmoe
Sweden

Participants (6)

FINNISH CANCER REGISTRY
Finland
Address
21B,liisankatu 21B
00170 Helsinki
GERMAN CANCER RESEARCH CENTER
Germany
Address
280,Im Neuenheimer Feld 242
69120 Heidelberg
KAROLINSKA INSTITUTE
Sweden
Address
Karolinska Hospital
171 76 Stockholm
THE JANUS PROJECT - THE NORWEGIAN CANCER SOCIETY
Norway
Address
Rikshospitalitet
0027 Oslo
THE UNIVERSITY OF TUEBINGEN
Germany
Address
Calwer Str. 7/6
72076 Tuebingen
UNIVERSITY OF VIENNA
Austria
Address
Waehringer Guertel 18-20
1090 Wien