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Some studies have linked drinking milk with higher risk of oestrogen-receptor positive breast cancer. Summersky/ Shutterstock

Breast cancer: is milk a risk factor?

Cow’s milk naturally raises levels of a growth factor strongly implicated in breast cancer risk.
A lot of people have spent a very long time wondering what causes cancer – and scientists still can’t say for certain why an individual person might have it. Marina del Castell/Flickr

Curious Kids: Why do people get cancer?

I have worked on this problem for many years, and to be honest it still blows my mind to really think about just how complex it is.
The science isn’t clear on whether organic foods can lower your risk of cancer. But eating plenty of fruit and veg – however it’s grown – can reduce your risk.

Research Check: can you cut your cancer risk by eating organic?

The participants who chose more organically grown foods over 4.5 years had slightly lower rates of cancer. But it doesn’t necessarily mean one thing caused the other.
Many men who have prostate cancer will die with it, rather than of it. from shutterstock.com

PSA testing for prostate cancer is only worth it for some

Since the 1980s, PSA tests have been used for the diagnosis and follow-up of prostate cancer. However, its use as a screening test for prostate cancer remains controversial.
People who are unable to tan and who have moles on their skin are among those at heightened risk of developing melanoma. from shutterstock.com

New online tool can predict your melanoma risk

Australians over the age of 40 can now calculate their risk of developing melanoma with a new online test.
The researchers looked at cancer occurrence in those exposed to higher intakes of ultra-processed foods, compared to lower intakes. Shutterstock

Research Check: will eating ‘ultra-processed’ foods give you cancer?

The study showed that every 10% increase in consumption of ultra-processed food was linked to a 12% increase in developing some types of cancers. But it didn’t show the processed food caused cancers.

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