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Myths & facts about cancer

  1. Myths & Facts About Cancer MYTHS FACTS
  2. MYTH1: Cancer is contagious • HPV virus - Cervical, Anal,& Head and Neck cancers • Hepatitis B &C Virus- Liver cancers • H. pylori - Stomach Cancers • These virus and bacteria can spread person to person but not CANCER FACT: Cancer is not Contagious
  3. MYTH 2 :For most cancers, a biopsy will cause cancer cells to spread. • During a Biopsy, a doctor takes a small sample of cells from your body to check it for cancer. FACT: With most types of the disease, it's very unlikely that this procedure will cause cancer to spread
  4. „MYTH 3: If you have a family history of cancer, you will get it too • Family History - Increases risk • Prevention-Healthy eating habits, Maintaining a healthy weight, Exercising, Limiting alcoholic beverages, Practicing sun safety, and Avoiding tobacco products. • If you have inherited certain cancer genes that put you at high risk for cancer, your doctor may recommend surgery or medications to reduce the chance that cancer will develop. FACT: Increases the Risk but Not 100% True
  5. MYTH 4: Cancer Thrives on Sugar or Do artificial sweeteners cause cancer? • All cells in the body, both healthy cells and cancer cells, depend on sugar to grow and function. • Consuming too many calories from sugar has been linked to weight gain, obesity, and diabetes, which increase the risk of developing cancer and other health problems. FACT: There is no proof that eating sugar will speed up the growth of cancer
  6. MYTH 5: Cancer treatment is usually worse than the disease • Cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy, can cause unpleasant and sometimes serious side effects. FACT: Recent advances have resulted in many drugs and radiation treatments that have more manageable side effects
  7. MYTH 6: It is easier to remain unaware you have cancer • You should not ignore the symptoms or signs of cancer, such as a breast lump or an abnormal-looking mole. • Because treatment is usually more effective during the early stages of cancer, an early diagnosis often improves a person’s chance of survival. FACT: Never ignore sign and symptoms of suspicious cancer
  8. MYTH 7: My attitude will have an effect on my cancer. • No scientific evidence that a positive attitude will prevent cancer, help people with cancer live longer, or keep cancer from coming back. FACT: Positive thinking, such as relaxation techniques, support groups, and a support network of family and friends, may improve a person’s quality of life and outlook
  9. MYTH 8: Drug companies, the government, and the medical establishment are hiding a cure for cancer. • Here will not be a single cure for cancer. Hundreds of types of cancer exist, and they respond differently to various types of treatment FACT: No one is withholding a cure for cancer
  10. MYTH10 : Is cancer a death sentence? • Five-year survival rates for some cancers, such as breast, prostate, and thyroid cancers, now are 90 percent or better. • Cancer patient survival depend on many factors, including whether the cancer is slow or fast growing, metasesis, whether effective treatments are available, the person’s overall health. Many patients survive very long after treatment
  11. MYTH 11: Do cell phones cause cancer? • Cell phones emit a type of low-frequency energy that does not damage genes and don’t cause cancer. NO
  12. MYTH 12: Are there herbal products that can cure cancer? • No herbal products have been shown to be effective for treating cancer NO
  13. MYTH 13:IF no one in my family has had cancer, does that mean I’m risk-free? • Most cancers are caused by genetic changes that occur throughout a person’s lifetime as a natural result of aging and exposure to environmental factors, such as tobacco smoke and radiation. • Other factors, such as what kind of food you eat, how much you eat, and whether you exercise, may also influence your risk of developing cancer. NO
  14. Myth 14: Microwaving Food In Plastic Containers Increase The Risk Of Cancer • It is perfectly safe to use plastic containers that are approved by the FDA as microwave friendly. Microwaving food in plastic containers does not increase your risk of cancer. NO
  15. Myth 15: Cancer Will Always Come Back Cancer evolves in stages and has the tendency to return even after effective treatment. However, this does not hold true for all cases. NO,Not true for all cases