Lifestyle and cancer: against the blame game – Cancer Research UK – Science Update blog

A good piece, on lifestyle, statistical probabilities and individual risks, and responsibility and blame. Article argues that focus on prevention and known risks should be viewed as empowerment to prevent future cancer cases, not blame those currently with cancer who have lived, from a cancer perspective, a higher risk lifestyle. Quote:

But surveys show that people fear cancer more than any other serious illness. So we hope that providing clear informationabout how lifestyle affects cancer risk will support people in making longer-term, positive changes to help reduce their risk of the disease, if they wish to.

We also know that people affected by cancer can be keen to pass this information on to their friends and family.

Although he certainly didn’t have cancer prevention in mind when he said it, Benjamin Franklin was right on the money when he suggested ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure’.

Lifestyle and cancer: against the blame game – Cancer Research UK – Science Update blog.

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