ICYMI, February 1, 2019

Published on February 1, 2019

Updated on November 1, 2019

The 'complete' cancer cure story is both bogus and tragic

Feature story

The ‘complete’ cancer cure story is both bogus and tragic 

THURSDAY, January 31, 2019 (Wired)—Is there any more tantalizing headline than “Scientists Discover a Cure for Cancer”? Some version of this fantastical claim has been dropped into the news cycle with the regularity of a super blood wolf moon for the better part of a century. In 1998, James Watson told The New York Times that a cancer cure would arrive by Y2K. This magazine hasn’t been immune either, running an “End of Cancer” headline a few years later. Each instance stirs up hope for patients and their families desperate to find a solution, no matter the risk or cost.

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