Breast Cancer and Latent Viruses (What’s the Connection?)

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Breast cancer may be killing black women at a higher rate than whites because they are sicker to start with.NBC News (1)

The results reported in new studies add support to the Microcompetition with Foreign DNA Theory proposed by Dr. Hanan Polansky.

According to this theory, the DNA of latent viruses is the cause of many major diseases, including most cases of breast cancer.

A common observation is that African-American women are more likely to die of breast cancer than white women. Many speculate that this may be due to genetic differences, lack of adequate medical care, sexual behavior, and blacks may simply avoid doctors more. (1)

In contrast, the Microcompetition Theory says that this difference is due to an increase in the levels of latent viruses in black women.

This increase in the level of latent viruses was observed in many studies, with many viruses. For instance a study published in the journal Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery in March, 2013 showed higher levels of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) in black women (2). Another study published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases in February, 2013 showed higher levels of Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) in black women (3). In addition, higher levels of Epstein Barr Virus (EBV) were found in black women according to another study published in the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity on November, 2012 (4).

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The Theory of Microcompetition offers hope for women. If one boosts the immune system against these latent viruses, they can reduce their chances for developing breast cancer. Remember Angelina Jolie’s mastectomy? She had the brca1 mutation that increases the chances of developing breast cancer. However, most women do not have this genetic mutation. Instead, most women harbor latent viruses.

According to the Microcompetition Theory, they should boost their immune system against these viruses.

The following is a more detailed explanation of the Microcompetition Theory.

According to Dr. Hanan Polansky, foreign DNA fragments, called N-boxes, cause most major diseases.

When foreign N-boxes enter the body (naturally, or artificially) they end up in the nucleus, where they attract scarce genetic resources.

It is interesting that many common latent viruses have strong N-boxes in their DNA.

In the nucleus, “microcompetition” between the foreign N-boxes and the human N-boxes in the human genes can lead to a major disease.

When the foreign N-boxes belong to a virus, microcompetition between the viral DNA and the human DNA can lead to disease even when the virus is latent (dormant), or the viral DNA is broken into pieces and cannot express proteins.

As predicted by Dr. Hanan Polansky, many studies found fragments of DNA that belong to these viruses in tumors, clogged arteries (arterial plaque), arthritic joints, and other diseased tissues.

The bottom line?

Women with breast cancer, or cellular changes that could lead to breast cancer, may be infected with a latent virus … and the immune system of these women should be boosted.


(1) Fox, M. “Why breast cancer kills more black women: They’re sicker” JUL 23 2013

(2) Chen KM, Stephen JK, Ghanem T, Stachler R, Gardner G, Jones L, Schweitzer VP, Hall F, Divine G, Worsham MJ. “Human papilloma virus prevalence in a multiethnic screening population.” Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2013 Mar;148(3):436-42.

(3) Bernstein DI, Bellamy AR, Hook EW 3rd, Levin MJ, Wald A, Ewell MG, Wolff PA, Deal CD, Heineman TC, Dubin G, Belshe RB.”Epidemiology, clinical presentation, and antibody response to primary infection with herpes simplex virus type 1 and type 2 in young women.” Clin Infect Dis. 2013 Feb;56(3):344-51.

(4) Christian LM, Iams JD, Porter K, Glaser R.”Epstein-Barr virus reactivation during pregnancy and postpartum: effects of race and racial discrimination.” Brain Behav Immun. 2012 Nov;26(8):1280-7.

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