What could be causing the rise?

Some scientists posit that the Covid virus itself could be contributing to the higher numbers of cancer diagnoses, especially for those who are suffering from long Covid. “The idea that some viruses can cause or accelerate cancer is hardly new,” said the Post. “Scientists have recognized this possibility since the 1960s, and today, researchers estimate 15% to 20% of all cancers worldwide originate from infectious agents such as HPV, Epstein-Barr and hepatitis B.” 

Because “infection with SARS-CoV-2 occurs in several organs either directly or indirectly, it is expected that cancer stem cells may develop in multiple organs,” said a 2023 study published in the journal Biochimie. Lung, colorectal, pancreatic and oral cancer could particularly be exacerbated. 

While not officially confirmed, the virus is said to cause full-body inflammation. “Inflammation triggers many genetic changes in a genome that can create a propensity of developing cancer in certain individuals,” Dr. Kashyap Patel, CEO of Carolina Blood and Cancer Care Associates, said to News Nation. “We are completely under-investigating this virus,” Douglas C. Wallace, a geneticist and evolutionary biologist at the University of Pennsylvania, said to the Post. “The effects of repeatedly getting this throughout our lives is going to be much more significant than people are thinking.” {read}