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Cancer Genetics

Animal to Human Cancer Transmission

03/31/2003

Question:

Can a human get cancer by direct contact with the elimination from a dog with cancer?

Answer:

Most likely not. Cancer is not "transmitted" from one individual to another in the way that other illnesses are, by contact with body fluids.

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Response by:

Duane D Culler, PhD, MS Duane D Culler, PhD, MS
Clinical Instructor of Genetics
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University