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9 Cancer Myths

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By    |   Monday, 23 December 2019 12:11 PM

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in America and each year, thousands of new cases are being diagnosed. There is no denying the severity of the illness but despite the shocking statistics, there are still countless misleading cancer myths out there. Best Life released a report shedding light on some of these misconceptions. Based on that, here are nine cancer myths debunked.

  1. Eating sugar will worsen your cancer. The reasoning behind this theory is that cancer cells consume more glucose, so sugar must be feeding the mutated cells, but there is no concrete evidence to back this claim.
  2. Dairy increases risk of breast cancer. Many have come forth and argued that consuming dairy can increase your risk of breast cancer. Some experts reason that the hormones found in milk and cheese are the culprits, but studies have yet to find a link between the two.
  3. Consuming artificial sweeteners causes cancer. This cancer myth began circulating in the 1970s and continues to mislead the public. Initial studies showed that certain sweeteners like aspartame could cause cancer in mice but when further testing was conducted, researchers found that the substances did not have the same effect on humans.
  4. Using a cell phone can cause cancer. It is widely believed that the electromagnetic radiation emitted from cellphones can cause cancer. What many people fail to take into account is that there is a difference between the high-frequency radiation emitted from things like X-rays, which can increase your risk of cancer, and low-frequency radiation emitted from cellphones, which have not been proved to cause cancer.
  5. Only women get breast cancer. The incidence of breast cancer among women is much higher than men, but it is still possible for men to develop breast cancer.
  6. Your weight has nothing to do with your cancer risk. Obesity has been linked to many health issues, including high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes. It has also been linked to cancer — something that many people are not aware of. Research has found that roughly 3.6% of all new adult cancer cases are related to weight.
  7. People with darker skin can't get skin cancer. This is a common cancer myth that should be discarded. People with fairer skin may burn a lot easier, but that does not mean people with darker skin are less likely to develop skin cancer. Studies have now shown that skin cancer may be more fatal among people with darker skin.
  8. Only cigarette smokers can get lung cancer. Yes, cigarette smokers have a much higher risk of developing lung cancer, but that does not mean non-smokers are immune from the disease. Risk factors like secondhand smoke, air pollutants, and exposure to asbestos all increase your risk of developing lung cancer.
  9. Chemotherapy always makes you extremely sick. Many people do still feel ill when undergoing chemotherapy, but the treatment has evolved dramatically over the years. There are also new methods to dramatically reduce the side effects of chemo.

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