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Most types of cancer not due to “bad luck”

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Most types of cancer not due to “bad luck”

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the World Health Organization’s specialized cancer agency, strongly disagrees with the conclusion of a scientific report on the causes of human cancer published in the journal Science on 2 January 2015 by Dr Cristian Tomasetti and Dr Bert Vogelstein.

In this sense, Dr Chris Wild, Director de la IARC and member from CREAL Scientific Advisory Committeee (SAC) said: “We already knew that for an individual to develop a certain cancer there is an element of chance, yet this has little to say about the level of cancer risk in a population,” explains IARC Director Dr Christopher Wild. “Concluding that ‘bad luck’ is the major cause of cancer would be misleading and may detract from efforts to identify the causes of the disease and effectively prevent it.”


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