• Question: hi are any cancers contagous? Ellie

    Asked by whjamandellie to Anil, Blanka, Emma, Mike on 4 Jul 2012.
    • Photo: Emma Trantham

      Emma Trantham answered on 4 Jul 2012:

      Hi Ellie

      I don’t know of any contagious human cancers but I know that there is a contagious cancers that dogs can get and a different contagious cancer that Tasmanian Devils can get.

      Perhaps one of the others will know about in people?

    • Photo: Blanka Sengerova

      Blanka Sengerova answered on 4 Jul 2012:

      I didn’t think so, so Emma’s answer was interesting to me. You can certainly put a bit human tumour into mice and make them grow tumours. But you can’ get somebody’s tumour by day-to-day contact, such as through sneezing.