Cancer a Roll of the Dice? WHO Says Not!

February 10, 2015 4:28 PM

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The new year began with comforting reports assuring us that cancer is due to bad luck. Johns Hopkins researchers concluded that up to two out of every three cancers could be tied chiefly to how many stem cells divide within an organ. They advise expanding screening programs since most of the disease cannot be prevented.

We already knew that for an individual to develop a certain cancer there is an element of chance, yet this has little to say about the level of cancer risk in a population. Concluding that "bad luck" is the major cause of cancer would be misleading and may detract from efforts to identify the causes...

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