Childhood diseases are associated with a reduced risk of melanoma (but with no statistical significance).
Colds / flu are associated with a 68% reduction in risk of melanoma.
An infected wound is associated with a 79% reduction in risk of melanoma, and a chronic infectious disease with a 68% reduction in risk of melanoma.
Almost all infectious diseases are associated with reduction in melanoma risk: influenza is associated with melanoma risk reduction by 35%, pneumonia – by 55%, staphylococcus infection – by 46%. This apparent dose-response relationship suggests a causal association.
In 2014, a woman was cured of multiple myeloma using a huge dose of recombinant measles virus.
Currently, clinical trials are being conducted on treatment of various oncological diseases with measles virus.
Successful use of the measles virus to treat skin cancer in five patients is reported here. An explanation on how measles virus destroys melanoma cells is provided here.
Measles virus has also been used successfully to treat ovarian cancer ,. The virus turned out to be much more effective than Avastin, which is currently a trending, but also very toxic and very expensive cancer drug.