Nitrates in hot dogs have had a menacing reputation since the '70s, and doctors are constantly telling us to drink coffee in moderation. But I have excellent news to report today: hot dogs don't seem to cause cancer and coffee can actually protect you from it.
Colon cancer is the second deadliest form of the disease in the United States, killing an estimated 50,000 people each year. Now scientists might have found help from a completely unexpected area: a little microbe known as Fusobacterium.
Diagnosing cancer is never easy, and — with a few exceptions — testing is rarely done in the absence of symptoms. A new scientific breakthrough could make cancer screening easy, at a stage when treatment is still fairly easy too.