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  • Yes, they do, although there is little information about cancer rates in wild animals due to general lack of research in that area. The information which I've seen indicates that cancer rates in wild animals roughly correlate to air and water pollution. Bear in mind that one reason why we see little cancer in wild animals (and they rearely 'die' of the disease) is that as the illness progresses it weakens the animal and makes them an easier mark for their predators to remove from the population.
  • yes they do.
  • Just to add to Chet Mac's excellent answer, when wildlife is being monitored through the use of infrared photography, tumors in or near the skin often show up as distinctive "hot spots". Tumors in humans have the same infrared signature, so we can take this as being an indication of cancerous tumors in the animals.
  • nope...they're super strong...they're built for the wild
  • I'm sure they do and it's probably that, that makes them wild, or at least livid.
  • I have seen tumors on deer over the years. Not very often but they do get them.
  • I'm looking out my window and see a yearling deer with a very large tumor on his side. This deer and his twin were born on my property last summer, and have made themselves at home here. The tumor has become visible in the past six weeks, and is growing very fast. The deer's twin stays near him (to protect him?). I accessed this website because I was certain that the tumor was cancerous, but had never heard of deer getting cancer. After reading the answers to the question, I vote "yes", wild animals do get cancer.
  • they can't afford the bills actually... the only ones that get cancer are the ones that get taken to a doctor!
  • I also have a deer with a melon sized tumor on his side. I have uploaded some pictures, as he visits my yard often with his mother and brother. He is a button buck, not at all sickly, eats well and runs. His tumor is also growing rapidly. I am looking for someone to help him. I live in Western Pennsylvania and am trying to find someone to help. If I call the game commission, they will probably shoot him. That's how they handled a bear with a broken leg. Any ideas? Anybody?
  • wild animals do not get the typical form of cancer which spreads through the body, they only get benign tumors. wild animals will only get typical cancer once they are brought in to captivity and are forced in to an unnatural life style.
  • I have no proof, but I would say yes. +5

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