Science fact or fiction? Making sense of cancer stories
A Cancer Research UK blog, explaining how to assess the quality of health claims about cancer.Key Concepts addressed:
- 1-12 劇的な治療効果はまれである
- 1-7 利益相反に気を付けること
- 2-1 治療効果を特定するためには比較が必要です
- 2-15 人数または転帰イベントの少ない公正な比較は誤解を招く可能性があります
Cancer is a hot topic in the media, from headlines about the latest cancer-fighting ‘superfood’ to scare stories about the causes of cancer.
And hardly a week goes by without a front page dedicated to a potential “wonder drug” or new treatment.
And it’s no surprise – most of us have been touched by cancer in some way or other, so there’s a big appetite for news. But this wealth of information can be overwhelming – and can sometimes seem contradictory.
Is red wine good or bad for us? Just how much broccoli should we eat? And why does it take so long for headline-grabbing “breakthroughs” to result in better cancer treatments?
It can sometimes seem that scientists don’t know what they’re talking about, or that everything is over-hyped. How do you know what to believe?