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Old 02-19-2003, 02:35 PM   #1
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Question Transmitted Cancer?

Can cancer be transmitted thru sexual intercourse, for example, if my partner had liver or ovarian cancer?
Wouldn't it be in the body fluids and passed on to the male?
thanks...i'm worried!

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Old 02-19-2003, 03:24 PM   #2
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No, cancer cannot be transmittted.

A very few kinds of cancer are associated with certain
viruses, and those viruses can be sexually transmitted.

For example, cervical cancer is associated with HPV.
HPV is a sexually transmitted disease.


Old 02-20-2003, 05:55 AM   #3
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I agree with Plymouth. Except for cancers caused by some viruses, cancers cannot be spread person to person.

Your question is very interesting because it points out how different cancer is from what most people think of as a "disease". If anything, it's the cancer patient who is at risk. Cancer and cancer therapy wipe out or interfere with the immune system. This means that people with or being treated for cancer are extremely susceptible to contagious diseases, and - if they should catch such as disease - have the most severe form. For example, chicken pox is potentially deadly to a cancer patient.

Old 02-22-2003, 09:25 AM   #4
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Agree, but I think a lot - maybe most people think U can catch cancer. It's only been in the last 10 yrs or so that I learned it's NOT transmitted.

Only a couple of yrs ago when the drs thought I might have prostate cancer I still was happy to find info that confirmed the partner of a victim was at no risk. BobE

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