Practically anything you can think of has been named either as a possible cause of cancer or as a possible preventative or cure.
January 2008 marked the launch of an ambitious project, the Daily Mail Oncological Ontology Project, which was going to follow the Daily Mail’s ongoing mission to divide all the inanimate objects in the world into those that cause or cure cancer. After only four days, the project was abandoned in despair. (Like a typical New Year Resolution, perhaps.)
But why pick on the Daily Mail? Even the BBC is constantly running stories like these.
- How spicy foods can kill cancers
- Lack of exercise linked to colon cancer
- A chemical used to manufacture rubber ...
- Shark blood offers cancer hope
- Limit mobile phone use, cancer expert tells staff
- Popping bubbles to treat cancer
- Aspirin prevents bowel cancer
- Doctors' call to regulate sunbeds
- Facebook causes cancer
- You are hereby sentenced eternally to wander the newspapers, fruitlessly mocking nutriwoo
But all is not lost. A New Daily Mail Oncological Ontology Project rises from the ashes. So that's all right then.