Joe Jackson's "Cancer" - a great public health tune and a catchy song

At first listen, Joe Jackson’s “Cancer” (1982) sounds like the anti-public health song. “No caffeine/no protein/no booze or/Nicotine,” Joe Jackson complains, referring to everything he’s not supposed to consume if he wants to avoid cancer.

But Jackson’s catchy tune and clever lyrics may reflect public frustration with a bombardment of conflicting, over-simplified headlines that tell us that everything from milk, to sunscreen, to bubble tea tapioca pearls can cause cancer. 

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