Anyone familiar with the Daily Mail will know that they like to write stories about cancer. Indeed, over the last few years, the Daily Mail appears to have been on a quest to classify every thing known to man as either a cause or preventer of cancer. If you think this statement might seem to be a bit of a overreaction, have a look at ‘Kill or cure?‘. This website lists over 200 things which the Daily Mail claims causes or prevents cancer. Examples include sandals (which cause cancer), pasta (which prevents cancer) and bread (which both causes and prevents cancer).
Whilst this may seem like a bit of a joke, I think there is a serious problem with this kind of reporting by the Daily Mail. By sensationalising the relatively minimal risks/benefits posed by these things, people will become confused, lost in a sea of information. Essentially they will spend so much time worrying whether bread is good or bad for them that they will ignore the basics, forget that you can’t go far wrong with fruit vegetables and a bit of exercise (whilst not eating pizza for breakfast).