• Question: is cancer contageous.

    Asked by sciencesweat to Bethany on 25 Jun 2014.
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      Bethany Dearlove answered on 25 Jun 2014:

      No, cancer is not contagious – this means you can’t get it by being in close contact with someone who has cancer. However, there are some viruses that, if you get infected, can increase your risk of getting cancer, such as HPV (the virus Ramya works on), hepatitis (B and C), and HIV.