Cancer care

Fact checks about cancer risks, treatments and cures

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Women who have had 10 or more sexual partners do not double their risk of getting cancer
18 July 2017

Could leaving the European nuclear club put cancer patients at risk?

We don't fully know how leaving Euratom - the European common market in nuclear materials - will affect our access to them.

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Could leaving the European nuclear club put cancer patients at risk?

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