Cancer is a life-threatening disease; over the years, many myths have come up about this disease. Today we are going to enlighten you on the myths that circulate about cancer:
In the US, more individuals are dying from cancer.
Cancer figures are reported out of context so many individuals believe that more people are dying from cancer. Moreover, this disease is common among the elderly. Therefore, since the average age of the US’s population increases, more individuals are expected to be diagnosed with cancer. In addition, due to improvement in treatment and early diagnosis, the chances of dying from cancer have actually decreased.
Grilled meat contains harmful chemicals that cause cancer.
There is no scientific evidence that shows that eating grilled meat will increase your risk of cancer or that grilled meat contains dangerous chemicals. Report shows that eating red meat or even chicken at a high temperature regularly increases your risk of cancer. However, you are in no danger if you eat grilled meat occasionally.
If you use sunscreen once a day, you won’t get skin cancer.
It is a good habit that you apply sunscreen but there is no guarantee that it will protect you from skin cancer completely because it provides only a limited amount of protection.
Household bug spray contains chemicals that cause cancer.
Many individuals believe that household bug spray contains chemicals that can increase the risk of cancer. In reality, there is no scientific evidence that shows a link between pesticides and cancer. However, pesticides are dangerous if you do not follow the precautions directed on them.
Cancer will spread throughout your body, if you treat it with surgery.
This is not true because surgical oncologists have experience and skills to remove tumors without causing it to spread. In addition, currently surgery is an important part of treating cancer.
You have a higher risk of getting cancer, if you are living in a polluted city than being a smoker.
This myth would definitely appeal to all smokers, but it is not true. Smoking cigarettes is more likely to cause cancer than staying in a polluted city.
Later in life, cancer can result from old injuries.
In the 1920s, many scientists believed that trauma could result in cancer. Scientific studies and research proved this statement wrong; however, this myth still lives on because of misinformation. According to experts, no injuries can cause cancer.
Electronic devices like cell phones cause cancer.
Many Americans believe that excessive use of cell phones causes brain cancer. Research shows that there is no link between brain cancer and cell phones.
Pharmaceutical companies are hiding the cure of cancer.
This is probably one of the most illogical conspiracy theories circulating. Why would scientists and researchers want to hide cure of cancer when their own family members or friends can die from it? Also, it’s impossible to have one cure of cancer because there are many kinds of cancer.
Early lifestyle’s habit or choices won’t cause cancer.
Teenagers feel invulnerable to diseases like cancer because they believe bad things only happen to older people. For example, they might start smoking cigarettes thinking that it will not affect them in the long run. Extensive research, however, shows that even early lifestyle’s choice can affect teenagers and increase their risk of getting cancer.