translated from Spanish: Do cats as pets increase the risk of brain cancer?

In the United States alone and according to statistics published by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at least 40 million people live with a parasite in their brain; Toxoplasma gondii. This parasite is transmitted to people through cats, explains CDC researcher Dan Robitzski. The specialist explained that this parasite has also been linked to an increased risk of developing brain cancer glioma. 
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Read more: Prevention of oral cancer: signs, symptoms that you should consider When this, it has begun to question whether having a cat could raise the risk of developing brain cancer and researchers responded as follows. Research published by the American Cancer Society and the Norwegian Cancer Registry made a comparison between the prevalence of glioma and antibodies created to combat the T gondii parasite through blood samples. the result produced by the research found a link between these two, but it is not a test, scientists warn, that is, this study failed to establish a cause and effect between the parasite and brain cancer. 

They explained that people who have cats at home or who live closely with them do not increase the risk of developing brain cancer. “Rather, the probability is that the two factors (toxoplasmosis and brain cancer) are related in some way, or that one factor will somehow make people more vulnerable to each other,” the experts said. Read more: New risk factors for Covid-19: “bad” cholesterol and body weightIn the study, it indicates that people with toxoplasmosis are generally more likely to be close to other things that cause cancer and therefore the correlation between having a cat and cancer is not safe.  

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