Is it possible to deliberately get cancer? Maybe injecting a malignant tumor? I'm asking this just out of curiosity.

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    cancer can be transplanted unforunately. – Graham Chiu Oct 14 '17 at 22:35
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    Smoking seems to be pretty effective – Ben Oct 15 '17 at 1:17
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    +1 This is a good question. – Carey Gregory Oct 15 '17 at 3:50
  • @GrahamChiu The start of an answer? – LаngLаngС Oct 15 '17 at 16:15
  • The answer depends on host factors, quite complicated. So, someone else can answer! – Graham Chiu Oct 16 '17 at 8:40


A decent share of radiation will do the trick for you, as both Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but also physicists experimenting with the newly found radiation have shown.

There even is a unit (sievert) which measures how cancerous a dose of radiation is. One sievert is equivalent to a 5,5% chance of cancer.

Relevant XKCD for how what radiation has how much sievert:


Furthermore, cancer can be transplanted. This is an issue that has been subject to quite a few conferences.

Related Worldbuilding.SE question.

  • Seems 6.5 Sv does the job! Any idea on how to create such a radiation? – Asmani Oct 16 '17 at 20:04
  • @Asmani Stand next to a detonating atomic bomb? Stand next to a nuclear reactor when it melts? Some elements are highly radioactive and will work as well, especially once consumed they are difficult to get out of the body system. – Narusan Oct 16 '17 at 20:33
  • Haha, okay, I will. :) – Asmani Oct 16 '17 at 21:00
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    Aflotoxins are the most carcinogenic substances known. They should do as well as radiation. – Carey Gregory Oct 17 '17 at 1:48
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    KMR-Liste for a list of possibles; and a prime example of 2011 web design standards: The Carcinogenic Potency Database to rate them. – LаngLаngС Oct 17 '17 at 13:22

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