Mycoplasma genitalium and Cancer: A Brief Review


Approximately, 15-20% of all cancers worldwide are caused by infectious agents. Understanding the roleof infectious agents on cancer development might be useful for developing new approaches to its prevention.Mycoplasma genitalium is a clinically important sexually transmitted pathogen that has been associated withseveral human diseases. There have been a few studies suggestive of probable roles of Mycoplasma genitalium incancer development, including prostate and ovarian cancers and lymphomas, but the role of this microorganismlike other Mycoplasma species in neoplasia is still conjectural. Considering the prevalence of Mycoplasmagenitalium infections and also the emergence of resistant strains, Mycoplasma genitalium needs more attentionin the infectious agent cancer-causing research area.