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Question: Is cancer contagious?

Answer: The simple answer is no. You cannot 'catch' cancer from a patient by touching him or by sharing his utensils and personal effects. Cancer is not spread by air, water, injections and other vectors. Certain cancers are linked to viruses, such as the Human Papilloma Virus and cancer of the cervix, and Hepatitis B and C and cancer of the liver. Immunisation plays an important role in the prevention of liver cancer and clinical trials are on the way for the former (cervix). That certain cancers are causally linked to viral infection does not at all make cancer patients infectious. Cancer patients need all the care and compassion they can get. They should not be shunned. On the contrary, a hug and a kiss will go a long way to alleviate their suffering.

The Malaysian Oncological Society gives advice in good faith based on the limited information supplied by the questioner. MOS is in no way responsible for any unintended consequences arising from such advice. All patients should be examined by an oncologist before undertaking any investigation or treatment.

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