5 doctors weighed in:
Can colonoscopy transfer cancer cells from a patient with colon cancer to a healthy person?
5 doctors weighed in

Dr. Chakshu Gupta
Pathology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Not likely
The scope is sterilized between patients so transmission is unlikely.
Colonoscopy is fairly safe and great screening tool for colon cancer.

In brief: Not likely
The scope is sterilized between patients so transmission is unlikely.
Colonoscopy is fairly safe and great screening tool for colon cancer.
Dr. Chakshu Gupta
Dr. Chakshu Gupta
Thank
Dr. Frederick Shieh
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
Scopes are cleaned and sterilized between patients so there are no live cells being transferred.

In brief: No
Scopes are cleaned and sterilized between patients so there are no live cells being transferred.
Dr. Frederick Shieh
Dr. Frederick Shieh
Thank
Dr. Michael Jones
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
Even in the extraordinarily low likelihood that the scope was not sterilized between patient the cancer cells in and of themselves would not be harmful as cancer is not contagious!

In brief: No
Even in the extraordinarily low likelihood that the scope was not sterilized between patient the cancer cells in and of themselves would not be harmful as cancer is not contagious!
Dr. Michael Jones
Dr. Michael Jones
Thank
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Not likely
I suppose anything is possible, but i don't believe this has ever been shown to occur.

In brief: Not likely
I suppose anything is possible, but i don't believe this has ever been shown to occur.
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Steven Seres
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
17 years in practice
497K people helped
Continue
107,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors