Reports that cancer is ‘mainly bad luck’ make a complicated story a bit too simple

University of Cambridge| Fri Mar 24 11:04:07 EDT 2017
Reports that cancer is ‘mainly bad luck’ make a complicated story a bit too simple

A little over 2 years ago a paper was published that sparked headlines claiming cancer was ‘mainly down to bad luck’.

As we and others explained at the time, this is a complex topic to put numbers on. And the message that accompanied the media coverage – that there’s nothing we can do to reduce our risk of cancer – didn’t tally with evidence showing more than 4 in 10 cancers could be prevented, largely through lifestyle changes.

The researchers, based at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel....

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