8. Viruses and bacteria
While viruses and bacteria pose serious short-term risks, some also pose long-term health effects. Viruses like the Epstein-Barr virus and HIV are linked to cancer through a number of studies. Researchers believe that at least 95 percent of the population is generally impacted by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) by adulthood. EBV is most known for causing mononucleosis, or “mono,” the “kissing disease,” but most EVB infections aren’t noticeable — even when active in the body. Most people suffer no symptoms or immediate consequences. EBV remains dormant throughout life until triggered by anything from exposure pesticides or mold. Nutritional deficiencies, injury, heavy metal exposure and mental trauma can also bring a dormant virus back to life. In a 2016 study, researchers found that breast cells bonded to the Epstein Barr virus and transformed into an aggressive cancer. For this reason, researchers concluded EBV may increase the rate of the growth of malignant breast cancer.
Research also shows that individuals with HIV face a higher risk of developing Kaposi’s sarcoma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma and cervical cancer. In fact, these are often called “AIDS-defining conditions” because if someone with HIV also has one of these conditions, it may signify the development of AIDS.