False claims about vaccines and cancer continue to spread

A recent analysis of U.K. government data claims there has been a significant increase in cancer deaths in people between the ages of 15 and 44. Vaccine opponent groups and social media users are linking this analysis to previous claims that COVID-19 vaccines cause “turbo cancer.”

Risk level: High

Recommendation: While these types of claims primarily circulate in vaccine opponent circles, these social media posts may deter patients from getting the updated COVID-19 vaccine. The widespread nature of these posts elevates the risk. Messaging may emphasize that there is strong evidence to support that COVID-19 vaccines do not cause cancer or increase the risk of developing cancer. The benefits of vaccination outweigh any potential risks, because staying up to date on COVID-19 vaccines prevents severe illness and death.