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Some types of cancer and treatments increase the risk of infection in cancer patients. According to the CDC, each year in the United States, 60,000 cancer patients are hospitalized because their low white blood cell count led to a serious infection. One in 14 of these patients dies. Good hand washing practices can help to prevent infection.

Some types of cancer and treatments increase the risk of infection in cancer patients. According to the CDC, each year in the United States, 60,000 cancer patients are hospitalized because their low white blood cell count led to a serious infection. One in 14 of these patients dies. Good hand washing practices can help to prevent infection.