A team of researchers from the United States found evidence that a parasite found in the contaminated water or undercooked meat would have a close relationship with a strange kind of brain cancer in adults.
The parasite is called by the name « toxoplasma gondii » or also known in scientific jargon as « T gondii », and the intake of it can reach increase the risk of developing gliomas that are highly fatal in people.
The study was conducted by the American Cancer Society in collaboration with the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute and was published in the International Journal of Cancer.
After performing an examination on the antibodies that are generated to fight T gondii in blood samples and the risk of developing glioma in people, they detected that This parasite can sometimes create cysts in the brain.
Researcher and research team member James Hodge said: « We observed a positive association suggesting that antibody seropostivity and glioma risk are linked. »
This does not mean that T gondii definitely causes a glioma, some people do not have antibodies against T gondii and if a glioma and vice versa« , full.
On the other hand, the researchers pointed out that they were able to detect that those people who are at higher risk of exposure to the parasite are more likely to develop glioma that leads to a rare brain cancer.
« The risk remains low and these findings now have to be replicated in a larger group to obtain greater precision ”, concluded the researcher.