Transmission of Cancer
I realize that AIDS can be "injected" into a person, and
this has brought me to wonder of it is the same with cancer. Can cancer
be passed on by injection?
Yes. Cancer researchers frequently cause cancer in lab animals by injecting
cancerous cells into a healthy animal. That way, they know that they are
studying exactly the same type of cancer every time.
Richard E. Barrans Jr., Ph.D.
PG Research Foundation, Darien, Illinois
Although there are some viruses which can increase risk of cancer and these
viruses can be transmitted from person to person, cancer is not known to be
transmitted from person to person.
Peter Faletra Ph.D.
Office of Science
Department of Energy
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Update: June 2012