Even today, many people think of cancer diagnosis as one of their greatest fears. Maybe that is why many rumors and myths about cancer still exist. But these false rumors – some fueled by fear – do nothing but increase anxiety.
Whatever or wherever their source came from, these rumors about cancer can be negatively damaging as they spread. They can serve as a distraction while protecting yourself from the causes of cancer, instead removing your focus to things that have no impact on your chances of developing cancer. They can also hurt cancer patients’ chances of beating the deadly disease by giving them a sense of hopelessness.
- The chances of dying because of cancer increases everyday. These days, more people are being diagnosed with cancer, but medical science has advanced its rate of survival and quality of life for cancer patients.
- You’re more likely to have cancer from air pollution rather than smoking cigarettes. Inhaling the air of a polluted city is much less likely to cause lung cancer rather than from smoking or being always exposed to secondhand smoke. About 87 percent, or nearly 9 out of 10 lung cancers, result either from smoking or being exposed to secondhand smoke – as you can see, the number speak for themselves.
- Using antiperspirants, deodorants, shampoos, and other personal toiletries can increase the risk of having breast cancer. This myth says a lot about how harmful substances in these products enter the body through cuts or absorbed through the skin. Research has found no evidence to support this, which includes one study that compared women with and without breast cancer and found no connection between their health and toiletries.
- Cell phones cause brain cancer. As of now, there is no full evidence that being exposed to electromagnetic fields found from cell phones or other electronic devices can cause cancer. One recent study found that cell phone users had no risk for a number of different types of cancer, even if they had been using the phones for a decade or more. More research is still on the process, but for now the risk seems minimal.
- Cancer will always be a painful disease, so if you feel fine, you don’t have cancer. There are many types of cancer that causes little to no pain, especially in its early stages. That’s why it is very important to be aware of other symptoms and signs for the early detection of cancer and why regular screenings are highly recommended for cancers of the breast, colon, and cervix.
- If your parents had cancer, it’s likely that you’ll have it as well someday. While the chances of developing cancer depends on its type, a family history of cancer does not technically mean that you will develop the disease yourself automatically. Some types of cancer like colorectal, ovarian, and breast cancer pass on to the next generation in an inherited form only 5 to 10 percent of the time.
- There is no more risk of asbestos exposure in the United States. Even though asbestos is not widely used as it is, it is not banned in the United States. This just means that people can, in some ways, still be exposed to the U.S. However, there is good news. There are currently five major commercial products – which includes commercial paper, sand paper, corrugated paper, and flooring felt – that are restricted from containing asbestos. While this rare disease is hard to mesothelioma, there are some who survived mesothelioma living years and even decades after being diagnosed. Their stories can be very inspiring to those battling cancer and can be a big help individuals learn big strategies for longer survival.
Bracing yourself with knowledge – the truth instead of rumors and myths – is the best way to fight every type of cancer.