Fact Check: Are Covid-19 vaccines causing cancer?

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Quick Take

Multiple social media users have claimed that there has been an increase in cancer cases among people vaccinated for covid-19. We fact-checked and found the claim to be False.

The Claim

A dermatopathologist has claimed in an interview that ‘We’re literally weakening the immune system of these individuals. Now, most concerning of all, is there is a pattern of these types of immune cells in the body that keep cancer in check. Well, since January 1, in the laboratory I’ve seen a 20 times increase of endometrial cancers over what I see in an annual basis. A 20 times increase. I’m not exaggerating at all’. The dermatopathologist has also claimed to observe increased cases of melanomas in people vaccinated for Covid-19 along with an ‘uptick in herpes, shingles, mononucleosis, human papillomavirus, cervical biopsies and Molluscum contagiosum’.


A Twitter user has claimed, “WARNING TO ALL DOCTORS & DATA SCIENTISTS: I AM OBSERVING a massive spike in cancer. I am warning that there is now 20 times the normal average of certain types of cancers ever since the ‘Operation Warp Speed’ Injections were first introduced”.

Similar claims made by social media users are available here, here, here, here, and here

Fact Check

Can Covid-19 vaccines cause cancer?

No. There is no evidence that suggests the Covid-19 vaccines approved by the World Health Organization are causing cancer.  Moreover, strict actions have been taken against social media users who have spread mis- and disinformation in the public. 

However, a few published studies have shown  that delayed diagnosis, interruption during treatment, abandoned preventive care, unemployment, and no health insurance may increase cancer cases. But these reasons do not prove that Covid-19 vaccines have increased the number of cancer cases. The Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW) website even suggests people taking medication for cancer must get Covid-19 vaccination.

A a research by Harvard Health shows that many Cancer patients delayed their treatments or diagnosis during the pandemic. This has been presented as an explanation to a sudden rise in Cancer patients in some areas.

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