A recent study showed that there had been a sharp increase in cancer diagnoses among adults under the age of 50. A social media user – who apparently hasn’t read the study – tried to imply a correlation between this bad news and COVID-19 vaccines.

A meme shared on Instagram Publish Oct. 16 shows a screenshot of a Reuters fact-check headline from 2021 that read: “Fact Check – No Evidence COVID-19 Vaccines Cause Cancer.” Below is another screenshot, this one from a CNN article with the headline “Global Cancer Epidemic in People Under 50 Could Emerge”.

The post’s caption read, “I risk being shadowbanned by sharing these types of memes that don’t claim causation but suggest a chance correlation #BeFreeMySheeple.”

The Instagram post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat fake news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Learn more about our partnership with Meta, who owns Facebook and Instagram.)

COVID-19 vaccines do not cause cancer, because Reuters reported one year ago. The American Cancer Society said on its website that there is no evidence that vaccines can cause cancer or cause tumors to grow or come back. The claim that there is a link Between both nevertheless kept fact checkers busy.

The post’s assertion that there is a “chance correlation” between the increase in early cancer in adults under 50 detailed in the CNN Article and COVID-19 vaccines are also irrelevant. It is because the cancer study in the article was based on data collected from 2000 to 2012years before COVID-19.

The report was written by researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and published in Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology. He looked at global cancer registries from 44 countries and found a rapid rise in 14 types of cancer, many of which involve the digestive system.

In addition to reviewing data from 2000 to 2012, the team looked at available studies on possible risk factors, including early life exposure and tumor characteristics of early-onset cancers versus those diagnosed. after 50 years.

The report cites an increase in early detection, and therefore early detection, to explain part of the increase. He also said increased early exposure to other common risk factors could explain the spike, including obesity, smoking, alcohol consumption, sleep deprivation, type 2 diabetes and dieting. unhealthy western foods high in meat, sugar and processed foods.

The researchers noted something they called the “birth cohort effect”, meaning that groups of people born later than another group had an increased risk of early cancer due to exposure. increased risk at a young age.

“We found that this risk increases with each generation,” said Shuji Ogino, one of the researchers, in a Press release about the study.

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An Instagram post implied a “chance correlation” between COVID-19 vaccines and an increase in early-onset cancers in adults aged 20-49.

There is no evidence that COVID-19 vaccines can cause cancer. Meanwhile, the report mentioned in this claim about a spike in cancer in people under 50 is based on data from 2000 to 2012, well before COVID-19.

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