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

Anne Li                                                                                               March 25th, 2017


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. Now, the same research team behind the previous study has taken their analysis further, publishing their findings in the high-profile journal Science. And as the first paper caused quite a stir, it’s no surprise that the results have been picked up in the media again.


See original article at: http://scienceblog.cancerresearchuk.org/2017/03/24/reports-that-cancer-is-mainly-bad-luck-make-a-complicated-story-a-bit-too-simple/

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