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Modern myths about cancer – from ‘chemicals’ in food to wifi

The idea that lifestyle changes have made the disease more common is a gross exaggeration – but increasingly prevalent.

We separate fact from fiction

  • Naomi Elster
  • The Guardian

Cancer is not up there with the most likely explanations for what caused the mass extinction 66m years ago of the T rex and the triceratops.

Wet 2bThat said, at least one species of dinosaur suffered from blood-vessel tumours – and a 1.7m-year-old toe with bone cancerwas discovered in 2016 at a South African world heritage site.

Cancer may have been more common in ancient times than we will ever know, because…

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