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Edited by: IMAlive Editorial Team of Doctors
Cancer does not spread from person to person unless in rare cases organ or tissue transplantation. A person who receives an organ or tissue from a donor who had cancer in the past might be at an increased risk of developing a transplant-related cancer. Even that risk is extremely low; only about two cases of cancer per 10,000 organ transplants. However, doctors do not encourage the transplant of organs or tissues from donors with cancer history. There are viruses that cause cancer like some types of human papillomavirus or HPV and bacteria like Helicobacter pylori. But though the virus or bacterium can spread from person to person, the cancer they might cause is not contagious.
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