Scientists are investigating the possible emergence of a new form of cancer that may be transmitted from one person to another. A study published in the journal proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences said the CANCER strain known as DEVIL FACIAL TUMOUR DISEASE (DFTD) can spread rapidly through populations, transmitted by biting. Eight (8) cases of DFTD have already been reported across Southern Tasmania.
The cancer causes large facial tumuors in infected Tasmanian Devils and can result in death within months.
Cancers normally cannot survive beyond the body of the host but this transmissible cancer can, through biting.