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Covid-19 update: Business as usual at Bolt Burdon Kemp

Bolt Burdon Kemp continues to remain very much open for business. We are passionate about achieving life-changing results for our clients, providing excellent client care and ensuring you receive the support you need.

We continue to progress our clients’ existing cases and support new clients with their cases.

All of our wonderful people are successfully working from home. We have re-opened our office so that those who need to work in the office are able to do so, in a socially distanced and safe manner. 

Our strategy of working in teams continues to ensure there is always someone for you to talk to. We are using telephone and video-conferencing very effectively. A number of multi-million pound cases have settled since the virus outbreak, using these facilities.

We are determined more than ever that the wheels of justice will keep on turning.

Contact us on 020 7288 4800 or info@boltburdonkemp.co.uk and one of our team will get in touch with you.

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Easily Detectable Viruses Causing Cancer

Experts believe that bacteria, viruses and parasites are causing around 2 million cases of cancer around the world each year. Some of these cases will be occurring in England and Wales.

Many of these deaths are due to what are potentially preventable or treatable infections.

Key cancer-causing infectious agents include human papillomavirus (HPV), the gastric bug Helicobacter pylori and the hepatitis B (HBV) and C viruses.

These four were together believed to be responsible for 1.9m cases of cancer around the world, mostly gastric, liver and cervical cancers.

Cervical cancer accounted for around half of infection-related women’s cancers. In men, more than 80% of infection-related cancers affected the liver, stomach and colon.

Dr Catherine de Martel and Dr Martyn Plummer, from the International Agency for Research on Cancer in Lyon, wrote in the Lancet Oncology journal: “Infections with certain viruses, bacteria, and parasites are one of the biggest and preventable causes of cancer worldwide … Application of existing public-health methods for infection prevention, such as vaccination, safer injection practice, or antimicrobial treatments, could have a substantial effect on the future burden of cancer worldwide.”

The researchers used information from a number of sources, including a cancer-incidence database covering 27 cancers from 184 countries.

Commenting on the findings, Dr Goodarz Danaei from the Harvard School of Public Medicine in Boston, has written that: “Their estimates show the potential for preventive and therapeutic programmes in less developed countries to significantly reduce the global burden of cancer and the vast disparities across regions and countries.”

“Since effective and relatively low-cost vaccines for HPV and HBV are available, increasing coverage should be a priority for health systems in high-burden countries.”

Although infection related cancers are undoubtedly a problem that is more prevalent in developing world countries rather than in developed nations such as England and Wales, cases of cancer causing infections going undiagnosed and untreated are not unheard of here. In some circumstances, failure to treat and diagnose these sorts of infections early enough can amount to clinical negligence, particularly if a difference is made to the prognostic outcome as a consequence.

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