Did vaccinations against the human papillomavirus (HPV) cause several Indian girls’ deaths? As with many false claims, a blog post about this took a thread of fact and wove a blanket of misinformation.
A news story saying that South Africa’s health minister urged men not to undergo voluntary circumcision as it can cause cancer of the penis is going viral. Not only is the claim false – the very opposite is true.
Do deaths from cancer and kidney failure really eclipse three of Africa’s leading killers in Kenya? The country’s deputy president recently claimed so but the available data show it is unlikely to be correct.
A Nigerian nutritionist claimed that eating suya – a kind of Nigerian kebab – is strongly linked to cancer, and that adding vegetables reduces that risk. But Africa Check found little evidence to support his claim.
Eggplant, brinjal or aubergine — the dark-purple fruit has many guises; but is it also a colon cancer-fighting superfood as a prominent dietician would have Nigerians believe? As Africa Check discovered, there is no proof to support the claim.
A recent article published by a South African newspaper made a series of claims about the medical use of dates, the fruit of the date palm. In the first of series on health reporting and quackery, we examine the perils of peddling false information.