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Chain Email and Cancer Update Hoax

October 4, 2007

I received a chain mail which purported to provide cancer updates from John Hopkins Hospital (JHU). The ever resourceful snopes.com has uncovered the attribution to be false. JHU has never issued any such newsletter.

On the issue of chain mail, my personal advice is this, whenever you receive any apparently well-meaning email, if you have no time to
research on its authenticity, do simply delete it instead of forwarding it to everyone in your address book.

In this specific instance, however, in my humble opinion, there are merits in the advice given in the false newsletter and have decided to share them and let you make the judgment call.

  1. Every person has cancer cells in the body. These cancer cells do not show up in the standard tests until they have multiplied to a few billion. When doctors tell cancer patients that there are no more cancer cells in their bodies after treatment, it just means the tests are unable to detect the cancer cells because they have not reached the detectable size.
  2. Cancer cells occur between 6 to more than 10 times in a person’s lifetime (more…)