Chance, choice and cause in cancer aetiology: individual and population perspectives.

@article{Smith2016ChanceCA,
  title={Chance, choice and cause in cancer aetiology: individual and population perspectives.},
  author={George Davey Smith and Caroline L. Relton and Paul Brennan},
  journal={International journal of epidemiology},
  year={2016},
  volume={45 3},
  pages={
          605-13
        }
}
“Cancer is down to ‘bad luck not lifestyle’. Experts claim 65 per cent of cases are random”—the headline in the British tabloid newspaper, the Daily Express—was typical of the extensive media coverage of a Science paper, published in 2015, that related the lifetime risk of particular types of cancer in the USA to the number of stem cell divisions occurring in the tissues from which these cancers arise. ‘The majority of cancer cases are down to sheer bad luck, rather than unhealthy lifestyle… CONTINUE READING

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