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Cancer Conspiracy Theories

Posted 9/24/2013

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  There must be some connection between cancer conspiracy theories (you know, the ones about how there really is a known cure, but the pharma and medical communities plot to keep it away from us) and the myths about the causes of cancer (the ones like plastic containers cause cancer) as they all keep re-surfacing.

  Thanks to my friend, Barbara, who sent me this and several other recent articles from The Guardian. I love that British sense of humor, and this is an interesting piece. Here is the start and a link:

Why I am feeling so crabby about cancer conspiracy theories

I remember exactly where I was the very first time I learned that I was part of a global conspiracy, raking in millions of dollars and laughing sadistically as people died all around me: I was at my friends' 2004 Christmas party, and had just told a fellow guest that I was a research scientist and worked at the BC Cancer Agency.
The millions of dollars were news to me, given that as a freshly minted PhD I was making C$35,000
(£22,000) a year at the time. However, what really took me aback was the sheer vehemence of the anger being directed at me by my friends' new neighbour. He jabbed his finger at me as he raised his voice and ranted about how "all you scientists are sitting on a 100% effective cure for cancer" ("a bunch of vitamins smushed together with proteins" were his exact words), watching millions of people die as we counted the royalty money from the "useless poisons" we were forcing people to take.
The neighbour was ejected from the party, never to be invited back, after poking my husband in the chest when he came to see if I was OK – but I've heard that same conspiracy theory many times since. It crops up most commonly online, to the extent that I read even those news articles about my own institute's latest research findings with a sense of impending doom that worsens as I near the bottom of the page.

(http://www.theguardian.com/science/occams-corner/2012/dec/07/cancer-conspiracy-theories

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