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I do not think that plants get cancer but parasitical relationships do cause the cells to mutate as RD has shown in the link they provided above.
Agrobacterium tumefaciens ... is the causal agent of crown gall disease (the formation of tumours) in over 140 species of dicot. It is a rod shaped, Gram negative soil bacterium ... Symptoms are caused by the insertion of a small segment of DNA (known as the T-DNA, for 'transfer DNA') into the plant cell, which is incorporated at a semi-random location into the plant genome.
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a member of the papillomavirus family of viruses that is capable of infecting humans. ... Ė in a minority of cases Ė lead to cancers
Because the abnormal cell growth is triggered by a parasite, (rather than iatrogenic), does not exclude the use of the term "cancer", particularly when the parasite modifies the hosts DNA, e.g. ...
Cancer that was iatrogenic would probably be called grounds for a law suit or even a criminal prosecution.
Sorry I meant idiopathic [:I]
Ever since complex life evolved, it has been susceptible to cancer. Plants can get cancer. Dinosaurs probably suffered from it. It has been around for thousands and thousands of years. It is certainly not a modern disease.