Several social media posts claim to observe an increase in cancer cases following the Covid-19 vaccination. We fact-checked and found the claim to be False.
A Facebook post claims, “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”.
Can Covid-19 vaccines cause cancer?
No evidence suggests that Covid-19 vaccines can cause cancer. The posts circulating on social media websites claiming the Covid-19 vaccines cause cancer are not based upon any research findings.
However, a study shows that Cancer patients may have delayed the diagnosis during the pandemic. Delayed treatment is the only explanation for a sudden rise in cancer patients in some areas. Research claims that India has shown ‘a substantial decline in the number of new registrations, follow-up visits, cancer surgeries, radiotherapy and chemotherapy sessions during the peak of the lockdown in 2020’.
Moreover, no study suggests that the active ingredients in Covid-19 vaccines can cause cancer. On the contrary, research suggests that vaccines are safe and effective to a certain extent for cancer patients. Another study in 2021 has shown that Covid vaccines increase helper T-cells to initiate an immune response against infection. However, further research is needed to understand if increased T-cells can kill cancer cells.
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