Cancer care

Fact checks about cancer risks, treatments and cures

9 August 2022

No solid proof cannabis oil can ‘cure’ cancer

Some cannabis-based products have been approved for medical use in the UK, but there’s no proof cannabis oil cures the disease.

Read more…
No solid proof cannabis oil can ‘cure’ cancer
4 August 2022

Not all people with hearing loss are unable to access extra cancer care help

A tweet from Macmillan Cancer Support appears to suggest that 11 million people with hearing loss in the UK can’t access extra help following a cancer diagnosis. This is unlikely …

Read more…
Not all people with hearing loss are unable to access extra cancer care help
28 July 2022

Tumours are not ‘there to save your life’

A Facebook post which claims cancer is ‘created’ by doctors performing needle biopsies on tumours and that it can be starved by natural remedies is inaccurate and potentially harmful.

Read more…
Tumours are not ‘there to save your life’
4 May 2022

1939 Cancer Act doesn’t criminalise discussion of cancer ‘cures’

The legislation prohibits advertising ‘cures’ to the general public, including orthodox treatments.

Read more…
1939 Cancer Act doesn’t criminalise discussion of cancer ‘cures’
18 February 2022

Washington Post overstates prevalence of long Covid

The Washington Post claimed at least 50% of people who survive Covid-19 have debilitating health issues in the months afterwards. Official estimates are far lower.

Read more…
Washington Post overstates prevalence of long Covid
27 January 2022

Rubbing hydrogen peroxide over your body every day does not treat cancer

A clip shared on social media makes the potentially harmful claim that hydrogen peroxide rubbed on the skin kills cancer.

Read more…
Rubbing hydrogen peroxide over your body every day does not treat cancer
30 September 2021

The role of antiperspirant in causing breast cancer is not proven

Cancer Research UK says there’s no convincing evidence behind this.

Read more…
The role of antiperspirant in causing breast cancer is not proven
29 July 2021

Daily cancer deaths not higher than those from Covid during last 40 days

Communications consultant James Melville compares Covid-19 and cancer deaths but his figures aren’t correct.

Read more…
Daily cancer deaths not higher than those from Covid during last 40 days
21 May 2021

Dandelion root is not a proven cancer cure

It has been shown to have some effect in lab studies, and in mice, but evidence in humans is lacking.

Read more…
Dandelion root is not a proven cancer cure
20 February 2020

Women who have had 10 or more sexual partners do not double their risk of getting cancer

There is no evidence that having 10 or more sexual partners directly increases the risk of cancer for either gender.

Read more…
Women who have had 10 or more sexual partners do not double their risk of getting cancer

Full Fact fights bad information

Bad information ruins lives. It promotes hate, damages people’s health, and hurts democracy. You deserve better.