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Can you get nasopharyngeal carcinoma from kissing multiple people?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Basically no: There's a rare nasopharyngeal carcinoma related to Epstein-Barr virus, the bug that causes infectious mono. This is no reason to forego kissing.
Dr. Crystal Twynham
General surgery, Breast Surgery, Cancer Surgery, Bariatric (weight loss) surgery, Endocrine surgery, Minimally invasive surgery 34 years experience
Well .... yes and no: Most nasopharyngeal carcinomas Type II and Type III are related to (and possibly caused by) a common virus called Epstein-Barr virus - the same virus that give you Mononucleosis. Since 90-95% of adults in America show previous exposure to this virus ... but only about 1/100,000 Americans gets this cancer --it's possible to get the virus, but REALLY rare to get the cancer. Very high rate in China

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