As a scientist, I feel the Lyme controversy exists (in part) because of medical professionals failing to educate themselves on scientific and clinical FACTS. That being said, it is conceivable that dormant viruses could possibly cause cancer in Lyme patients that become severely immunocompromised. A similiar thing is observed in AIDS patients which can get Kaposi's sarcoma as a result of their weakened immune system. However, as long as there is no proof that SOME Lyme patients could get cancer (as a direct result of LD) it is extremely reckless to make such claims!!!
It is highly unlikely the Lyme bacteria (by itself) could cause malignant transformation. Even if there is a connection between Lyme and cancer (which I seriously doubt), only a VERY small percentage would be at risk.
My best friend is a PHD cancer rsearcher and also a leukemia survivor. There is a belief in the oncology community that leukemia is virus related.
But I believe any virus or bacteria that we are exposed to can and will open up our weakened immuned system to many illnesses. I agree with you, making claims stating lyme causes cancer is downright unfounded and causes hysteria.
You are correct. Some studies have shown that prolonged antibiotics cause increase risk of cancer. There was roughly a 2-fold increased risk of developing breast cancer compared to the control group.
Velicer, C.M., et al. Antibiotic use in relation to the risk of breast cancer. Journal of the American Medical Association. Vol 291 (February 18) Pgs 827-835. 2004.
I always use caution when reading these types of studies because I believe many of them over-emphasize the associated risks (but that is my personal opinion). Drinking, being obese, working night-shifts, short-term antibiotic usages and about a billion other things cause an increase risk of cancer.
Obviously, none of us want to be on long-term antibiotics. There are some potential consequences with doing so.....but I think I'll take my chances.