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ICYMI, February 1, 2019

February 1, 2019

The 'complete' cancer cure story is both bogus and tragic

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The ‘complete’ cancer cure story is both bogus and tragic 

THURSDAY, January 31, 2019 (Wired)—Is there any more tantalizing headline than “Scientists Discover a Cure for Cancer”? Some version of this fantastical claim has been dropped into the news cycle with the regularity of a super blood wolf moon for the better part of a century. In 1998, James Watson told The New York Times that a cancer cure would arrive by Y2K. This magazine hasn’t been immune either, running an “End of Cancer” headline a few years later. Each instance stirs up hope for patients and their families desperate to find a solution, no matter the risk or cost.

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