Just the facts on cancer

Most important reversible causes of cancer in Australia and the Western world are lifestyle-related

It was singer-songwriter Joe Jackson who wrote “everything gives you cancer” back in the 1980s, a belief that seems to have held sway ever since.

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I have frequently been amazed by discussions overheard about things that cause cancer — dioxin in plastic drink containers, food preservatives and deodorants — and things that can prevent it, such as organic food and avoiding hair dyes.

My all-time favourite was a story I heard in a nurses’ tea room that tampons caused cancer because they contained asbestos.

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