The Lancet Oncology (TLO) and the Lancet Infectious Diseases (TLID)

This month's Leading Edge editorial discusses the difference between perception of risk and the actual risk by drawing upon two recent examples: breast cancer and the pill, and cannabis smoking and cancer risk. In both situations, scientific evidence does not appear to be affecting the public's misperception of absolute risk, and more worryingly, in the case of cannabis smoking, even nationwide policy is being lead by personal views rather than scientific evidence.

The editorial concludes: "Unravelling a misguided perception of risk from the real facts is a difficult task, but it is essential if the perpetuation of poorly conceived ideas is to stop. In light of the current trend towards chemoprevention to reduce a person's risk of contracting cancer, it is important that the general public do not become disenfranchised from the medical community by exposure to over-reporting of contradictory reports in the popular media. Only then will cancer risk truly decrease by informed changes in lifestyle."


Cigarette smoking and lung cancer: chemical mechanisms and approaches to prevention

Cigarette smoking and the risk of endometrial cancer

Strategic marketing in the UK tobacco industry

Hyperthermia in combined treatment of cancer

Metastasis to and from the central nervous system-the "relatively protected site"

Stem-cell origin of metastasis and heterogeneity of solid tumours

The Lancet Infectious Diseases (TLID)

Combination antiretroviral therapies are widely used for the treatment of HIV but it is unclear whether they will continue to be effective in the face of quickly evolved drug-resistant strains of HIV, and increased risky sexual behaviour in certain communities. In the August issue of The Lancet Infectious Diseases, J X Velasco-Hernandez and colleagues, from the Instituto Mexicano del Petroleo, San Bartolo, Mexico, and the UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, US

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