Can cancer be caused by bad luck?

A recent study claims that “bad luck” may be responsible for two thirds of the total risk of cancer. Renowned oncologist Professor Luis Costa takes a closer look.

A research analysis by Professor Luís Costa We have all heard of these cases. The non-smoker who develops lung cancer. The daily hat and sunscreen wearer who gets skin cancer. We have also heard about people who unexpectedly find themselves facing a more uncommon cancer diagnosis, without any possible explanation based on family history or exposition to carcinogens. When speaking of these cases, we often say that such a person has “good” or “bad” genes. Yet a recent study from Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center in the United States, now claims that what we have attributed to genes might actually be a Read more