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People with shingles show no higher cancer risk

People who come down with shingles seem to have no higher-than-normal risk of developing cancer later on, a study published Monday confirms. Researchers found that for nearly 36,000 Taiwanese adults with shingles, the chances of developing cancer over the next several years were on par with national statistics. Shingles – formally known as herpes zoster – is a painful condition caused by a reactivation of the virus that causes chickenpox, which is known as varicella-zoster.