February 3, 2008


Urban myths put to rest in cancer study (John Stapleton, February 04, 2008, The Australian)

MOBILE phones, deodorants and coffee are extremely unlikely to cause cancer, according to a new risk report designed to combat urban myths about what causes the disease.

But Australian cancer specialist Professor Brendan Stewart put smoking, drinking alcohol and deliberate exposure to sunlight in the highest risk bracket.

His report is published today in the academic journal Mutation Research Reviews, coinciding with World Cancer Day.

The aim of the myth-busting exercise was to calm public fears and prevent pointless hysteria, focusing instead on the real causes of cancer. Endless media articles had left the public confused and alarmed, said Professor Stewart from the University of NSW.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 3, 2008 10:11 AM
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