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“There is no guarantee against getting cancer but by knowing the biggest risk factors we can stack the odds in our favour to help reduce our individual risk of the disease, rather than wasting time worrying about fake news.”

What is “fake news” when it comes to cancer? What is “good scientific evidence” or “convincing evidence”? Maybe its just me but I have come to believe that ALL cancer-related studies, regardless of the source, contain bias. Yes, the bias may be subtle but its there in the studies.

It is up to the individual then to read the article, study, research, etc. and decide for themselves what the study is truly saying. The three studies linked and excerpted below explain to readers that yes, stress causes cancer and yes, food additives cause cancer. Stress and food additive don’t cause cancer, they raise the risk for cancer slightly. Smoking and ultraviolet radiation (the sun) cause cancer. There is a real difference.

I linked three of my blog posts under “Recommended Reading” to refinforce my point. All three articles point out basic disagreement in research, nutrition and coffee. To be more specific, the posts below cite

  1. the wide spread bias in the most conventional of medical research
  2. widespread disagreement about what foods are nutritious
  3. and my favorite- is coffee good for you or bad for you?

Does stress cause cancer? Do food additives cause cancer?

Stress fuels cancer spread by triggering master gene

“Previous studies have shown that stress is a risk factor for cancer, and for example, that psychological stress is linked to breast cancer aggressiveness…”

Can Stress Affect Cancer?

““Some studies have indicated a link between various psychological factors and an increased risk of developing cancer, but others have not,” the NCI website states…”

This Common Processed Food Ingredient Causes Cancer in Mice

“After three months of feeding some animals two common ones—polysorbate 80 and carboxymethylcellulose—in their water, she found that animals who consumed emulsifiers showed changes in their gut microbes that were consistent with promoting tumor growth…”

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Thank you,

David Emerson

  • Cancer Survivor
  • Cancer Coach
  • Director PeopleBeatingCancer

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Belief in fake causes of cancer is rife

“Mistaken belief in mythical causes of cancer is rife according to new research jointly funded by Cancer Research UK and published today (Thursday) in the European Journal of Cancer.

Researchers at University College London (UCL) and the University of Leeds surveyed 1,330 people in England and found that more than 40% wrongly thought that stress (43%) and food additives (42%) caused cancer.

A third incorrectly believed that

  • electromagnetic frequencies (35%) and
  • eating GM food (34%) were risk factors, while
  • 19% thought microwave ovens and
  • 15% said drinking from plastic bottles

caused cancer despite a lack of good scientific evidence.

Among the proven causes of cancer,

  • 88% of people correctly selected smoking,
  • 80% picked passive smoking and
  • 60% said sunburn.

Belief in mythical causes of cancer did not mean a person was more likely to have risky lifestyle habits.

But those who had better knowledge of proven causes were more likely not to smoke.

Dr Samuel Smith from the University of Leeds said: “It’s worrying to see so many people endorse risk factors for which there is no convincing evidence.

“Compared to past research it appears the number of people believing in unproven causes of cancer has increased since the start of the century which could be a result of changes to how we access news and information through the internet and social media.

“It’s vital to improve public education about the causes of cancer if we want to help people make informed decisions about their lives and ensure they aren’t worrying unnecessarily.”

Dr Lion Shahab from UCL said: “People’s beliefs are so important because they have an impact on the lifestyle choices they make. Those with better awareness of proven causes of cancer were more likely not to smoke and to eat more fruit and vegetables.”

Clare Hyde from Cancer Research UK said: “Around four in 10 cancer cases could be prevented through lifestyle changes so it’s crucial we have the right information to help us separate the wheat from the chaff.

“Smoking, being overweight and overexposure to UV radiation from the sun and sunbeds are the biggest preventable causes of cancer.

“There is no guarantee against getting cancer but by knowing the biggest risk factors we can stack the odds in our favour to help reduce our individual risk of the disease, rather than wasting time worrying about fake news.”

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