Nun cancer1 Nuns, Sex, Breast Cancer & Bullshit [NSFW]Yesterday, the consistently outstanding Neuroskeptic blogged on a suspect oncology paper published last week in the “Breast Journal” where it seems standards may be slipping…

“There are 15 references, but they’re all about sex, not cancer.”

-Neuroskeptic

 

The paper makes the case that sexual frustration can result in genetic mutation but fails to provide any evidence to support the claim. The paper is a perfect case study of how not to do science. There are of course references, they just fail to be present for any of the fundamental arguments the paper makes, instead appearing to support those sentences that state the bleeding-obvious and the barely relavent.

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Stuger, J. (2011). An Essay on Sexual Frustration as the Cause of Breast Cancer in Women: How Correlations and Cultural Blind Spots Conceal Causal Effects. The Breast Journal

I’ll wager a bet that this completely speculative research will be reported uncritically, as dramatic “findings” and of course, without a proper reference when the story is covered by the tabloids. It will be interesting (perhaps interesting is the wrong word) to see how the Daily Mail covers this story, in their ongoing quest to “classify inanimate objects in to two types: those that cause cancer, and those that cure it”, the Daily Mail have claimed cancer is caused by (amongst hundreds of other things): blowjobs, sex and of course.. teenage sex. I’m fairly sure they won’t turn down the opportunity to report a “shocking new finding” that turns the story around and throws breasts and nuns in to the mix!

Apologies to those of you who read my blog at work… this article is sooo never going to get through your web filter. Oh and I should probably add that there is certainly no conflict of interest here, I believe sex is great, cancer is terrible, and sexual frustration is, erm, most definitely best avoided. I wish I could write a piece championing this research, I really do. The science is just too, damn, bad.

Stuger, J. (2011). An Essay on Sexual Frustration as the Cause of Breast Cancer in Women: How Correlations and Cultural Blind Spots Conceal Causal Effects The Breast Journal DOI: 10.1111/j.1524-4741.2011.01206.x

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  • Newton’s photon

    Hi there! I didn’t read the paper, but sometimes you have a stroke of genius you want to communicate even if you lack the funding to carry out a complete test of your ideas. To completely test a theory is how science works: here we have an hypothesis only, which is the starting point, as in theoretical physics, but we still need teh we need the other branch, the experiment! The idea has not been ruled out yet, so be open-minded, as a real scientist should be !

    • http://neurobonkers.com Neurobonkers

      Indeed, the point is that the paper is not just a simple hypothesis. The hypothesis is presented based on various claims about cancer…

      Here are some sample paragraph headings:-WHY BREAST CANCER MAINLY OCCURS LATER IN LIFE-WHY HIGHER SOCIOECONOMIC GROUPS OF WOMEN ARE MORE AT RISK-MIGRATION PATTERNS AND BREAST CANCER RISK-HUMAN SEXUAL BEHAVIOR LINKS SEXUAL FRUSTRATION WITH BREAST CANCER RISK-HEIGHT AS RISK FACTOR IN BREAST CANCER BREAST CANCER INCIDENCE IN TRADITIONAL AND LOWER SOCIOECONOMIC CLASSES

      Yet there is not one single reference actually related to cancer.

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