Are Tomatoes The Cure For Cancer?

As a cancer scientist and someone interested in the ever-evolving relationship between science and the media, my eye was caught this week by the flashy headlines claiming that good-old tomatoes might just be the cure for gastric cancer. All the media fuss appears to stem from a paper accepted last week in the Journal Of … Read more

Do You Need A Mastectomy?

Everyone remembers the iconic moment in 2013 when Angelina Jolie underwent a double mastectomy to protect herself from cancer. Jolie had undergone genetic testing, which had revealed that she carried a mutation in the BRCA1 gene that dramatically increased her risk of contracting breast cancer. Jolie’s genetic testing results meant she had an 87% chance … Read more

Cancer And Contraception: A Strange Thing Happened

An odd thing happened just yesterday that got me thinking about the way the internet works and about the much-talked about issue of confirmation bias. On Friday, I posted an article about the link between cancer and contraception. In the post, I start off explaining that┬áhormonal contraception has been shown to be a very positive┬áthing … Read more