Dr. Harness explains if breast cancer is contagious.
Dr. Harness, M.D.:
Breast cancer is not contagious that we know of. Now, is there research being done about a viral basis of breast cancer? The answer is yes, there is a research being done. But to the best of our current knowledge base, breast cancer is not contagious and should, at least for right now, not be thought of as a contagious disease.
Could there be a viral vector that we are going to find out about, like the human papillomavirus with cervical cancer? Some day we may have that. We don’t have that right now.
About Dr. Harness, M.D.:
Dr. Jay Harness, M.D., is the Director at St. Joseph Hospital Comprehensive Breast Center. Practicing medicine for 35 years, Dr. Harness specializes in general surgery and medical oncology. Graduating medical school from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, he conducting his internship and residency at the University of Michigan Medical Center. Recognized nationally and internationally for his work in breast and endocrine surgery, Dr. Harness is the immediate past-President of The American Society of Breast Surgeons and is President-elect of Breast Surgery International. Dr. Harness can assist patients in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.