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Friday, September 2, 2016

KAPOSI'S SARCOMA: A CANCER DISEASE FOUND IN FEW PEOPLE


An Aids patient with Kaposi's sarcoma

An Aids patient with Kaposi's sarcoma


Kaposi's sarcoma was very rare before it was produced in Uganda and Tanzania. From the time it was first reported in 1872, until 1957, there were only 1,256 cases described in the whole world.

In 1962, it was estimated that in the USA 2 to 6 diseases to every 10,000.000 persons would occur per year. These estimates were wrong. According to the enquiries of the USA National Cancer Institute of 1993 to 1981, 29 cases of the disease were registered for every ten million men.

New York and Miami were not included in this, just those regions with the comparably highest number of Kaposi's Sarcoma cases.

Kaposi's Sarcoma-Research: The search for the race-selecting biological weapon

Kaposi's Sarcoma was soon researched by many scientists. Until 1959, as already indicated , 1256 cases had been described. Almost 1000 articles had been published about it by May 1961.

Owing to its rarity, it was of no significance to the health services. However, its epidemiology has stimulated tremendous interest. It is reported most commonly in whites of Jewish or Italian background and blacks in certain parts of Africa, in whom it may be frequent. 

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