Most infectious diseases have only minor complications, but some infections — such as pneumonia, AIDS or meningitis — can become life-threatening. A few types of infections have been linked to a long-term increased risk of cancer:
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- Human papillomavirus is linked to cervical cancer
- Hepatitis B and C increase the risk of liver cancer
- Helicobacter pylori is linked to stomach cancer
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