Wednesday, October 13, 2010

So should I have a bath or not?

Hugh Davies is a puzzled man. He buys The Daily Mail for his mum every day. And over the years he's noticed just how often the newspaper features a story about cancer - usually about something that may cause it or something that may prevent it forming. So he started to list them, just out of interest. What he then discovered is that many of these stories contradicted each other. So here's his truly remarkable list of all of the things the Mail claims causes cancer ... but also prevents it. My advice? Have a beer but then have another one to cancel the first out. Do that enough times and you won't give a toss about cancer. Or be able to say it.

ALLERGIES (causes) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-324732/Child-allergies-raise-cancer-risk.html (prevents) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4105/Allergies-key-ovarian-cancer.html
ASPIRIN (causes) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-205490/Asprin-link-cancer-risk.html (prevents) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-528008/Will-taking-aspirin-day-cut-risk-breast-cancer.html
BABIES (causes) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-157683/Birth-size-link-breast-cancer.html (prevents) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-537433/Having-baby-make-fat-But-cut-risk-cancer-ease-stress-levels-make-brainy-Einstein.html
BEER (causes) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1161843/Just-pint-beer-day-raise-risk-prostate-cancer.html (prevents) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-334816/How-having-pint-protect-cancer.html
BREAD (causes) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-411506/White-bread-increases-cancer-risk.html (prevents) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-430950/Fibre-rich-diet-halve-risk-breast-cancer.html
BREAST IMPLANTS (causes) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-41443/Breast-implants-cancer-scare.html (prevents) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-512225/Coffee-mobiles-breast-implants-WONT-cancer--doctors-debunk-cancer-myths.html
CAFFEINE (causes) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1127473/Coffee-raise-child-cancer-risk-New-evidence-caffeine-damage-babies-DNA.html (prevents) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-509596/Three-cups-coffee-day-cut-risk-ovarian-cancer.html
CALCIUM (causes) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1052075/Blood-tests-calcium-levels-prevent-prostate-cancer-deaths-study-reveals.html (prevents) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-458243/Calcium-Vitamin-D-cut-breast-cancer-risk-third.html
CEREAL (causes) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-115696/How-safe-favourite-foods.html (prevents) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3014/The-anti-cancer-cereal-bar.html
CHEESE (causes) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-547111/Italy-shuts-mozzarella-production-cancer-causing-toxin-fears-spread.html (prevents) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-186458/Greek-diet-lengthen-life.html
CHILDREN (causes) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-506501/Prostate-risk-having-family-according-new-study.html (prevents) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1166002/The-health-commandments-women-know-based-research-examining-MILLION-us.html
CHILLIS (causes) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-347287/Cancer-checks-spices-new-food-dyes-alert.html (prevents) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-427558/Spicy-foods-protect-cancer.html
CHINESE MEDICINE (causes) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-75477/Warning-cancer-risk-Chinese-medicines.html (prevents) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5203/Herbal-drug-gives-cancer-patients-hope.html
CHOCOLATE (causes) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-386625/Cancer-fears-chocolate-snacks.html (prevents) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-342266/Good-news-Easter-eggs-healthy.html
CONTRACEPTIVE PILLS (causes) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-155131/Is-link-breast-cancer-Pill.html (prevents) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-481293/The-Pill-reduces-risk-cancer-later-life.html
COSMETICS (causes) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-499967/Is-lipstick-giving-cancer.html (prevents) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-207742/Cream-zap-skin-cancers.html
CURRY (causes) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-357341/Curry-cancer-scare-leads-spice-recall.html (prevents) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-126341/More-foods-protect-cancer.html
DAIRY PRODUCTS (causes) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-115696/How-safe-favourite-foods.html (prevents) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1158659/JANE-CLARKE-Want-ward-cancer-Eat-yoghurt.html
DIETING (causes) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-193698/Atkins-diet-cancer-risk.html (prevents) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-313333/Atkins-cut-risk-breast-cancer.html
DOGS (causes) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-490581/Can-dogs-breast-cancer-Bizarre-medical-theories-experts-claim-actually-true.html (prevents) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1073930/Cats-dogs-cut-owners-cancer-risk-researchers-say.html
EGGS (causes) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-50995/Cancer-chemicals-eggs.html (prevents) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-7939/Chickens-help-fight-cancer.html
ELECTRICITY (causes) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-350891/Cancer-risk-70pc-higher-near-power-lines.html (prevents) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-351838/No-link-power-stations-cancer.html
FIBRE (causes) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4903/Fibre-cancer-risk-warning.html (prevents) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-179272/High-fibre-diet-does-beat-cancer.html
FISH (causes) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-117840/Fish-cancer-scare.html (prevents) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1164709/Eating-oily-fish-week-slashes-prostate-cancer-risk.html
FRIED FOOD (causes) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-382571/Frying-increase-cancer-risk.html (prevents) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-468863/Could-fry-help-fight-cancer.html
FRUIT (causes) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-194925/Produce-pesticides.html (prevents) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-302799/Get-fruity-beat-cancer.html
GARDENING (causes) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-326153/Australians-warned-backyard-cancer-risk.html (prevents) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-83208/Gardening-new-protection-cancer.html
GAS (causes) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-331564/Gas-homes-causing-1-000-UK-deaths-year.html (prevents) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-399569/Gas-bubbles-kill-tumours-help-conquer-liver-cancer.html
GRAPEFRUIT (causes) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-468559/Eating-grapefruit-increase-breast-cancer-risk-third.html (prevents) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/columnists/article-496672/Will-giving-wheat-help-sons-autism.html
HORMONE THERAPY (causes) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-544648/The-HRT-patch-linked-breast-cancer--men.html (prevents) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1172244/Pregnancy-hormone-new-breast-cancer-hope.html
HRT (causes) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-191674/HRT-doubles-risk-cancer.html (prevents) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-316079/HRT-patch-fight-prostate-cancer.html
MAMMOGRAMS (causes) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-146402/Breast-scans-risk-women.html (prevents) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-506967/Screening-halves-deaths-breast-cancer.html
MEASLES (causes) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-138805/Measles-babies-double-cancer-threat.html (prevents) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1106044/Eat-egg-day-bonny-baby-measles-fight-cancer.html
TANNIING PILLS (causes) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1130089/Tanning-drug-mask-signs-cancer.html (prevents) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-591352/Tanning-pill-cut-skin-cancer.html
MILK (causes) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-328863/Milk-linked-ovarian-cancer.html (prevents) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1022266/Drinking-organic-milk-cut-risk-heart-disease-cancer.html
MOBILE PHONES (causes) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-486239/Using-mobile-phones-10-years-doubles-risk-brain-cancer.html (prevents) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-374620/Mobile-phones-dont-raise-brain-cancer-risk.html
MOUTHWASH (causes) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1187493/As-research-shows-mouthwash-contains-TWICE-alcohol-wine-gargling-way-cancer.html (prevents) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-441865/Mouthwash-test-breast-cancer.html
RADIOTHERAPY (causes) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1089091/Why-wont-doctors-face-dangers-radiotherapy.html (prevents) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-539249/Women-breast-cancer-benefit-shorter-bursts-radiotherapy.html
RICE (causes) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-444222/Rice-tainted-arsenic-raises-risk-cancer.html (prevents) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-197032/More-foods-prevent-breast-cancer.html
SEX (causes) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-191219/Did-sex-cancer.html (prevents) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-253779/Regular-sex-cuts-prostate-cancer-risk.html
SOYA (causes) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1173510/Why-soya-super-food-all.html (prevents) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-126636/Soya-beat-breast-cancer.html
STATINS (causes) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-470425/Statins-raise-cancer-risk.html (prevents) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1174152/Drug-prevents-prostate-cancer-year-statins-offer-protection-too.html
STRESS (causes) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-484898/Stress-work-increase-breast-cancer-risk-third.html (prevents) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1192561/Its-official-stress-really-does-make-hair-grey-protects-cancer.html
SUN (causes) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-301340/The-facts-sun-exposure.html (prevents) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-382182/Sunshine-cut-risk-breast-cancer.html
SUNCREAM (causes) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-197804/Sun-creams-raise-cancer-risk.html (prevents) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-197852/Sunscreen-defence-cancer-alert.html
TEA (causes) http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dailymail.co.uk%2Fhealth%2Farticle-87131%2FToo-tea-treble-cancer-risk-women.html&h=4b014 (prevents) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-449382/Two-cuppas-day-slash-skin-cancer-risk.html
VITAMINS (causes) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-515445/Could-vitamin-pills-cancer-patient-harm-good.html (prevents) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-191044/Vitamin-pill-cuts-cancer-rates-third.html
X-RAYS (causes) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-207018/X-rays-pose-cancer-risk.html (prevents) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-607/X-ray-refines-lung-cancer-detection.html

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