Can chance cause cancer? A causal consideration

The role of randomness, environment and genetics in cancer development is debated. We approach the discussion by using the potential outcomes framework for causal inference. By briefly considering the underlying assumptions, we suggest that the antagonising views arise due to estimation of substantially different causal effects. These effects may be hard to interpret, and the results cannot be immediately compared. Indeed, it is not clear whether it is possible to define a causal effect of chance at all.


Published in:
European Journal of Cancer, 75, 83-85
Year:
Apr 01 2017
ISSN:
0959-8049
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