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Is cancer infectious?

Is cancer infectious?

No: Basically, no. But one common sexually transmitted disease, hpv, can result in cervical cancer. There is a vaccine available for women to help prevent hpv and help reduce cervical cancer.

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Could cancer be cured by cutting off the infectious part?

Yes: But cancer is not an infection, you probably mean cutting off the cancer. If you can remove all the cancer and if it has not spread by that time, it could potentially be cured. The odds depend a lot on the type and stage of the cancer.

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Please tell me, could cancer be cured by cutting off the infectious part?

Please tell me, could cancer be cured by cutting off the infectious part?

Cancer is not: ...An infection but if you mean removing the cancer, the answer is: yes, it could happen. Some cancers can be cured with surgery plus or minus chemo and radiation. Best to you.

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Can you tell me docs, is cancer truly not infectious?

Can you tell me docs, is cancer truly not infectious?

Yes I can: Cancer starts when normal cells get damaged and keep growing, forming a lump and sometimes moving to other parts of the body. Cancer can be caused by infections, but cancer itself is not an infection and does not spread from person to person like an infection would. However, viruses that cause cancer can be spread between people. Examples are hepatitis c and the wart virus hpv.

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Is cancer contagious?

Is cancer contagious?

No: No, non, nyet, lo, ne, nein, naha, hindi, nem, nai, den...

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Are any cancers contagious by cough I'm only asking because I know somebody who was wearing a mask and just a cough can be a problem but For who?

Are any cancers contagious by cough I'm only asking because I know somebody who was wearing a mask and just a cough can be a problem but For who?

Cancer: Unless the person you know has an infection in addition to having cancer - suspect that person may be trying to protect against getting an infection from someone else. Cancer can lead to a weaker immune system. I don't know of a cancer that is transmitted by coughing.

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Can basal cell cancer be infectious?

Can basal cell cancer be infectious?

No transmission: Basal cells (and other cancers) are never infectious in terms of being spread from person to person. There is no risk of transmitting the cancer from one person to another. However, if you are around a weeping or bloody wound of any kind you should always wear gloves. The cancer may not be infectious, but other viruses and diseases can be spread.

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Is cancer contagious if you work in a lab?

Is cancer contagious if you work in a lab?

No: Cancer is not contagious. Working in a lab may expose you to carcinogenic viruses, chemicals and radiation. You should take all of the recommended precautions to avoid exposure to carcinogens.

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Is metastacized bladder cancer contagious?

Is metastacized bladder cancer contagious?

No: In humans there are almost no contagious cancers and bladder is not one of them.

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Does oral and oropharyngeal cancers spread HPV and thus are contagious?

Does oral and oropharyngeal cancers spread HPV and thus are contagious?

Ca is not contagious: Cancers are not contagious, the associated infections like hiv, hpv are if present, they are contagious.

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Is blood of a cancer patient contagious? Can that blood give someone else cancer?

Is blood of a cancer patient contagious? Can that blood give someone else cancer?

Sort of: Some blood cancers, lymphomas, oral cancers are associated with the virus that causes infectious mononucleosis, ebv. It can be transmitted from person to person as well as through blood transfusion. For vast majority of the cases, cancer is not contagious.

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A family member has cancer and ascites. The fluid was removed but am curious if either cancer (which im pretty sure is not) or ascites is contagious?

A family member has cancer and ascites. The fluid was removed but am curious if either cancer (which im pretty sure is not) or ascites is contagious?

Absolutely not: Physicians may forget to explain this to families. I'm sorry about your loved one, and also that you were frightened. Don't be afraid to touch this person or show warmth / appreciation for however long you have together.

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Is pancreatic cancer contagious?

Is pancreatic cancer contagious?

No: Pancreatic cancer is not transmitted by person to person contact of any kind.

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Is stomach cancer contagious?

Is stomach cancer contagious?

No.: There is no evidence that stomach cancer is contagious.

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Is throat cancer contagious?

Is throat cancer contagious?

No: Some throat cancers are linked to HPV but unlike cancer of the cervix, the relationship is soft and nobody's recommending condoms for people who kiss. Most throat cancers have more to do with tobacco and to a lesser extent alcohol; the rare throat cancers are mostly related to nothing. Especially, don't avoid a person with throat cancer as a risk to you -- they're not.

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Contagious (Definition)

One is able to transmit an infection to another by ...Read more