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Is Cancer Contagious? Not really…

Can you catch cancer? With the recent developments of immunotherapy for certain kinds of cancer, it would seem that perhaps cancer is somehow contagious. It’s not. Germs that cause illnesses like the flu or the common cold are very different than cancer cells. While some forms of cancer do happen as the result of a virus, like HPV and cervical cancer, that doesn’t mean that cancer is spread via those germs. The viral infection of HPV does not always lead to cancer, nor are all cervical cancers the result of HPV infection.

You can view a short video on the differences between viral illnesses, germs, bacteria and cancer cells by clicking on this link. And don’t worry, while it might be cold and flu season there really is no cancer season. Resolve to make healthy choices this new year and you should be well ahead of the pack.

CAMLT wishes you happiness and health in 2016 and beyond.

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