Launch of the Cancer FactFinder website to provide factual and reliable information on the causes of cancer | News

For immediate release: Thursday, April 7

Boston, MA – A team led by the Zhu Family Center for Global Cancer Prevention at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health and the Center for Cancer Equity and Engagement at Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center has launched Cancer FactFinder (https://, a new website that provides accurate and reliable information about what does and does not cause cancer. For each topic on the website, the team, which includes scientific experts and community members, reviewed and summarized the best scientific and factual information available. The team will continually update the website with new topics and additional information on existing topics.

For each of the website’s more than 60 topics, such as ‘Red Meat’, ‘Stress’, ‘Hormone Replacement Therapy’ or ‘Radon’, the summary provides information on:

  • What you may have heard
  • What science tells us
  • How to reduce your risk
  • what this means to me
  • Sources and links for more information

Each claim on a topic, such as “Red meat causes cancer,” also comes with an interpretation of the team’s findings on whether a claim is true:

  • Probably or Definitely True: There is enough evidence to suggest the claim is true.
  • False — misinformation: there is enough evidence to suggest that the claim is false.
  • We are not sure yet – scientists are still working on it: there is not enough evidence to say whether the claim is true or not.

“There is a lot of misinformation and confusion on social media and through word of mouth about the causes of cancer. Being able to access accurate information about the causes of cancer can help people make health and lifestyle choices that minimize their future risk of cancer,” said Timothy Rebbeck, Vincent L. Gregory, Jr. Professor of Prevention Cancer and Director of the Zhu Family Center at Harvard Chan School and Professor of Medical Oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

In addition to Harvard Chan School and Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center, the Cancer FactFinder team includes community advocates and experts from BayState Health, Boston Cancer Support, Boston University, Men of Color Health Awareness, Silent Spring Institute and Yale University .

photo: Kent Dayton

For more information:

Nicole Rura
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