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15 February 2015

The Collegium Ramazzini joins with IARC and agrees that most types of cancer are not due to "bad luck"

The Collegium fully endorses the International Agency for Research on Cancer's (IARC) criticism of a report by Tomasetti and Vogelstein published in Science January 2, 2015, that asserts that environmental and lifestyle risk factors are of marginal importance (accounting for less than one third of cancers) and that cancer development is largely the result of "bad luck". Especially troubling about these authors' assertions, is the implied threat to primary prevention efforts, now seemingly deemed to be irrelevant, if "bad luck" is the operative driver of cancer cases. Such a notion is also vigorously disputed by the Collegium Ramazzini.

The full IARC statement may be consulted here:
http://www.iarc.fr/en/media-centre/pr/2015/pdfs/pr231_E.pdf

The Tomasetti and Vogelstein article may be found here:
http://www.sciencemag.org/content/347/6217/78.abstract






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