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Gac Med Mex. 2007 Jul-Aug;143(4):353-4.

[Is cancer a transmittable disease?].

[Article in Spanish]

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Laboratorio de Biología Molecular, Subdirección de Investigación Básica, Instituto Nacional de Cancerología, Tlalpan, México, DF, México.


A direct, horizontal and natural transmission of neoplasic cells has only recently been accepted by the biomedical community. There are three known examples in mammals: the Tasmanian Devil Tumor Disease, the Canine Transmissible Venereal Tumor and a similar disease in Sirian Hamsters. These diseases are not anecdotic cases only, but provide support for the cancer clonal evolution hypothesis.

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