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Preeminent UK Cancer Expert Martin Gore Passed Away Unexpectedly

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Martin Gore, a prominent cancer expert from the United Kingdom, reportedly passed away after he had received a vaccine for yellow fever. Investigations are still ongoing to find out whether his death was directly caused by the vaccine or unrelated factors.   ( The Royal Marsden )

Martin Gore, an oncologist who became famous around the world for his work on melanoma and renal cancer, has passed away unexpectedly.

Tributes from prominent organizations and personalities have poured after news of his death was confirmed to the public.

The cause of his death is still unknown, but the Times reported that he passed away after he had received vaccination against yellow fever. Professor Gore was 67.

Tribute For Martin Gore

Gore had been a professor of cancer medicine at Imperial College since 2000 and an oncologist researching about cancer for more than 35 years.

Because of his work, he was awarded The Royal Marsden's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015. He was made a CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) by the Queen in 2016.

"Martin was at the heart of The Royal Marsden's life and work in research, treatment and the training of our next generation of oncologists," a statement released by the hospital reads. "His contribution as Medical Director for 10 years, a Trustee of The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, and as a clinician is unparalleled."

"He was like a father figure to all the registrars — I didn't realize until I became a consultant he was the same to them too," shared Justin Stebbing, a professor of cancer medicine at Imperial College. He worked with Professor Gore since 2000. "I remember the detail he went into with everyone and everything, and the team spirit he fostered."

Yellow Fever Vaccine Risks

Yellow fever is a disease caused by a virus spread by mosquitos commonly found in parts of Africa and South America. People who want to travel in the aforementioned places are recommended to get their vaccine to protect themselves from this serious disease.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people ages 9 months to 59 years old can get the vaccine from designated vaccination centers across the country. While generally safe, people who are above the age of 60 should first consult their doctors before getting the vaccine because it might lead to "severe problems," including allergic reactions, nervous system reaction, and life-threatening illness with organ failure.

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