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Is eating processed meat as bad as smoking for causing cancer?

According to the US CDC: People who smoke cigarettes are 15 to 30 times more likely to get lung cancer or die from lung cancer than people who do not smoke According to Carcinogenicity of ...
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Do 80 to 90 percent of lifelong smokers never develop lung cancer?

This study from 2018 has a table (Fig.3) for lifetime risk of lung cancer, with that being ~12-14% for current smoker, and less than 2% for never-smoker. So, it is true that 80-90 percent of smokers ...
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Is there reliable evidence that depleted uranium from the 1999 NATO bombing is causing cancer in Serbia?

There are several points to consider here. 1) Depleted Uranium is not that much "depleted". "Depleted uranium," the byproduct of the enrichment process, has about 0.002 percent 234U, 0.2 percent ...
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Was Eddie Van Halen's tongue cancer caused by metal guitar picks?

WP:Copper toxicity#EPA cancer data: The EPA lists no evidence for human cancer incidence connected with copper, and lists animal evidence linking copper to cancer as "inadequate". There is ...
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Is eating processed meat as bad as smoking for causing cancer?

Does the claim “processed meat causes as much cancer as smoking in relative terms” hold up to scrutiny? No, it does not. The WHO did indeed classify processed meat as carcinogenic to humans. Going to ...
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Do 80 to 90 percent of lifelong smokers never develop lung cancer?

Note that the claim was specifically made about lung cancer. Smoking can cause many different types of cancer. Someone who dies from smoking-related throat, oral, stomach, etc. cancer wouldn't be ...
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Do hot peppers kill cancer?

To the best of my knowledge, the paper cited by the BBC is "Vanilloid receptor agonists and antagonists are mitochondrial inhibitors: how vanilloids cause non-vanilloid receptor mediated cell death" (...
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Lung cancer due to inhaling oily steam in the restaurant kitchen for a long period of time

There have been a number of case-control studies on Chinese women. Here are three open-access papers: Ko et al. (2000). "Chinese Food Cooking and Lung Cancer in Women Nonsmokers". Amer. J. ...
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Is there reliable evidence that depleted uranium from the 1999 NATO bombing is causing cancer in Serbia?

Check out this paper: Cancer mortality in Serbia, 1991–2015, published in 2018. The study is based on official data on cancer-related deaths. The conclusions drawn by the authors are: Overall cancer ...
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Do vaccines against childhood diseases leave the immune system less capable of fighting cancer?

Claim There are many debunked claims about possible dangers of vaccines in this 4chan thread, including the old standby that vaccines cause autism, which is dealt with in this Skeptics Q&A. I ...
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Does burning your food increase your risk of getting cancer?

There is no evidence that the acrylamide produced by browned food causes measurable harm to people The big worry about browning or burning food is the presence of acrylamide which is produced by the ...
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Do elephants rarely get cancer?

Do "elephants have 40 cancer-fighting proteins in their DNA?" Elephants have 40 copies of a single cancer-fighting protein. This means they have a lot more of that protein than humans. Do elephants ...
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Is Roundup weed killer carcinogenic?

There is no consistent evidence showing a relationship between glyphosate and cancer There are a lot of studies on the relationship between glyphosate use and cancer. Some are small and poor; others ...
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Does drinking distilled kerosene cure cancer?

tl;dr- No, drinking distilled kerosene doesn't cure cancer as far as any modern research can tell. Some studies have suggested that it might cause cancer in some cases, though the general scientific ...
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Does synthetic vitamin C contribute to the formation of genotoxins that can lead to cancer?

In a sciencemag.org article, which was apparently about this study, they state that: In the process of destroying free radicals, vitamin C turns into what's called a vitamin C radical. If certain ...
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Would eliminating cancer only change the average lifespan by 2.5 years?

The actual number of 3.2 years comes from a US Health and Human Services report examining causes of mortality from a period between 1999-2001, and does not include any additional advances in medicine ...
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Do 80 to 90 percent of lifelong smokers never develop lung cancer?

It is an oversimplification to assume that even the majority of lifelong smokers 'must' develop lung cancer and die from it. There are other causes of death, and lung cancer is a leading cause among ...
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Are two thirds of cancer mutations random and unavoidable?

The actual research paper Stem cell divisions, somatic mutations, cancer etiology, and cancer prevention Science 24 Mar 2017: Vol. 355, Issue 6331, pp. 1330-1334 says: It is now widely accepted that ...
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Do aluminum-based antiperspirants cause cancer?

Research data does not have conclusive evidence linking the use of underarm antiperspirants or deodorants and the subsequent development of breast cancer. Researchers at the National Cancer ...
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Are blue lights giving people cancer?

The thinking is that disrupted sleep results in lower melatonin production which through some unknown mechanism might make the body more vulnerable to the cancers. This is classical clickbait. Even ...
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Does smoking one joint give as much exposure to cancer-producing chemicals as smoking four to five cigarettes?

The USC webpage states MARIJUANA USE CONSEQUENCES The well-confirmed danger of smoking marijuana is lung damage and lung cancer. As examples: 1 joint = 5 cigarettes in terms of ...
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Is "blue scorpion venom" a legitimate treatment for cancer?

tl;dr- Yes, it sounds like blue scorpion venom is recognized as a folk treatment for cancer in Cuba, but, no, it's not well-regarded in current medical literature. Below are a few papers that ...
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Are vegetable oils "worse" for your health than cigarettes?

There does not seem to be any supporting evidence for the claim. By 'vegetable oils' they must mean 'seed oils', which have been the object of discussion among the health-conscious. The specific claim ...
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Can 'resonant frequencies' kill cancer cells?

Short version This is a partial answer, as I've traced this back far enough to find significant connections to pseudo-science and basis for doubt, but I haven't found any sources that directly refute ...
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Can 'resonant frequencies' kill cancer cells?

The FDA approval is confirmed in FDA's press 2015 release, which mentions a trial, because it would have been absurd for the FDA to give apporoval otherwise: In the clinical study used to support ...
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Does burning your food increase your risk of getting cancer?

Yes it does. Other answers are about acrylamide, but there are many other carcinogens, too: Benzo[a]pyrene (BaP) is ... one of the benzopyrenes ... and is the result of incomplete combustion at ...
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Does smoking cigarettes cause lung cancer?

We know that smoking causes cancer due to research carried out a long time ago. In the original, and famous, paper Smoking and Carcinoma of the Lung by Doll and Hill, the authors attempt to answer the ...
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Does synthetic vitamin C contribute to the formation of genotoxins that can lead to cancer?

I have managed to gain access to the full text of the referenced article. I can't pretend to understand it fully (not being a biochemist), but the authors do not state whether the vitamin C they used ...
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Can wood dust cause cancer?

According to cancer.gov Strong and consistent associations with cancers of the paranasal sinuses and nasal cavity have been observed both in studies of people whose occupations were associated with ...
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Lung cancer due to inhaling oily steam in the restaurant kitchen for a long period of time

I haven't found a study that specifically mentions chefs, but here is a study about Chinese women and lung cancer: Fumes from meat cooking and lung cancer risk in Chinese women Chinese women are ...
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