MadSci Network: Cell Biology

Re: I've heard wearing golden rings ,... may cause cancer for it right?

Date: Thu Dec 6 12:51:41 2001
Posted By: John Moulder, Faculty, Radiation Biology, Medical College of Wisconsin
Area of science: Cell Biology
ID: 1007486079.Cb

Gold rings and cancer Question from Iran:

"I've heard wearing golden rings may cause cancer for men. Is it right?"

I've never even heard of this rumor, but the MadSci administrator claims that this is a common belief in some parts of the world.

A search of the biomedical literature finds no evidence that gold causes cancer. If fact, I can find no evidence that metallic gold has much of any biological activity at all.

The closest I can come to finding any connection is:

John Moulder
Cancer Researcher
Medical College of Wisconsin

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