Low immunity

If you have low immunity, your immune system does not work as well. This means you are more likely to get infections.

People with a lower immunity may have:

  • had a transplant and take drugs to suppress the immune system – these drugs stop the body rejecting the transplant
  • HIV (human immunodeficiency virus)
  • a medical condition that lowers their immunity.

If you have low immunity, you may be more likely to develop some cancers, including:

You may also have a higher risk of cancers caused by a virus or bacteria.

If you are worried about your risk of cancer, speak to your doctor. They can talk to you about this in more detail.

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Viruses and bacteria

You cannot catch cancer from someone else. But some viruses may increase your risk of developing cancer.

Human papilloma virus (HPV)

Human papilloma virus (or HPV) is a common infection. Some types of HPV can increase the risk of developing cancer.

HPV vaccines

There are two vaccines currently available across the UK to prevent human papilloma virus (HPV).