There is an endemic misguided belief in mythical causes of cancer. “There is no guarantee against getting cancer, but by knowing the biggest risk factors, we can stack the odds in our favor to help reduce our individual risk of the disease, rather than wasting time worrying about fake news.” – Clare Hyde, Cancer Research UKResearchers 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 sound scientific evidence.
Cancer Research UK reports that the introduction of lung screening for people at high risk of lung cancer could decrease deaths from the disease. Based on a recent study, lung cancer deaths among men at high risk of lung cancer was 26% lower in those who had screening with a CT scan. The results suggest that the benefits could be even more significant in women. However, once published, experts said closer scrutiny of the data will be needed.
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